Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Enshrined within the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are the key principles of equality and an agenda for national action to end discrimination against women. It is based on the belief that basic human rights include the true equality of men and women.

As a signatory to the Convention, Australia regularly reports to the Committee on both the measures the government has taken to comply with its obligations under the Convention and on ongoing challenges.

Since 2008, the Committee has also specifically welcomed the input of national human rights institutions to the review process. 19 July 2010 marks the first time the Australian Human Rights Commission has submitted an independent report to the Committee and the first time the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner has appeared before the Committee as an independent representative.

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