Sex Discrimination - international activities
International Empowerment of Women
- Latest Actions by the Australian Human Rights Commission
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
- UN Mechanisms for Protecting Women’s Human Rights
- International Monitoring of Gender Equality in Australia
- The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women was held from 14-24 March 2016. The priority theme for CSW 60 was ‘Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development’. A representative from the Australian Human Rights Commission attended as a member of the Australian Government Delegation from 13-18 March 2016. For information about the 60th session of CSW click here.
- In August 2012 the Australian Human Rights Commission submitted an Independent Interim Report to the CEDAW Committee, which was evidenced by the Committee in July 2013.
The Human Rights of Women
Human rights are about everyone. We are all entitled to the enjoyment of all human rights without discrimination of any kind, including discrimination on the basis of our sex.
However, some social structures, traditions, stereotypes and attitudes about women and their role in society mean that women do not always have equal opportunity or equal ability to access and enforce their rights.
What is CEDAW?
Equality of rights between women and men is a basic principle of human rights. The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the key international human rights agreement that seeks to ensure that the human rights of women and men are equally protected and fulfilled. It sets out key principles of gender equality and an agenda for national action to end discrimination against women.
Countries that have signed CEDAW, including Australia, are legally bound to put it into practice.
The Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission) promotes gender equality and encourages the protection of human rights in Australia, including the human rights of women.
The Sex Discrimination Commissioner independently monitors Australia’s progress on the implementation of CEDAW and promotes gender equality in Australia.
More information and links:
- Optional Protocol to the CEDAW
- Mechanisms for Advancing Women’s Human Rights: A Guide to Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and Other International Complaint Mechanisms.
- Optional Protocol to the CEDAW blog
- Information Note and Model Form for Submission of Communications to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women under the Optional Protocol of the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
- Information about the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – Education Kit produced by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Government Office for Women (2008).
- Make a Complaint of Discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act
 Commission on the Status of Women, http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/55sess.htm#part, (viewed 20 December 2010).Optional Protocol to the CEDAW blogOptional Protocol to the CEDAW blog