Monday 10 September 2012Report: violence against women an Australia-wide issue
The Commission’s Australian study tour report: Visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, released today, reinforces the need for the rigorous and comprehensive implementation of Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.
The report is the result of the tour undertaken in April this year by Ms Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.
“By bringing victims and survivors of violence together to share and discuss their experiences, this tour demonstrated the pervasive nature of violence, its various forms and its impact on individual lives, families, communities and society at large,” said Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick.
“The study tour also highlighted the extraordinary range of significant work being undertaken by women and men, NGOs, government departments and various service providers to reduce and eliminate the causes and consequences of violence against women.”
During the study tour, which was hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and FaHCSIA, 27 roundtables, meetings and site visits were held across four States and Territories. The people who met with the Special Rapporteur included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, migrant and refugee women, women with disability and women of diverse sex, sexuality and/or gender.
As well as providing an overview of the study tour and the key issues raised in discussions, the report identifies best practice and areas which require additional analysis and attention.
The Australian study tour report: Visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women is available at: www.humanrights.gov.au/sex_discrimination/publication/UNSRVAW report 2012/index.html.