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Talking tech and human rights

We are watched like never before. Governments, corporations and others are using new technologies to gather huge amounts of information about us. How will this unprecedented surveillance affect our human rights?

The Australian Human Rights Commission will co-host international human rights leader, Kenneth Roth, at a public talk in Sydney next month to consider this issue and other emerging human rights challenges.

Mr Roth will also explore the global challenge of refugees and mass displacement, and the rise of populist leaders.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner says momentum for change must continue

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said it’s important the momentum gained by the #MeToo campaign continues.

Commissioner Jenkins delivered the Pamela Denoon lecture at the Australian National University last night.

“International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate, but also to reflect on the challenges to overcome. This year, perhaps more than ever, I think there is a feeling that we still have a long way to go,” she said.

25 Years of the Disability Discrimination Act

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, will be joining the Australian Human Rights Commission for a unique event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) on 1 March, 2018.

The event – a panel discussion on the successes and challenges of the DDA – will be hosted at PwC’s Sydney headquarters and facilitated by ABC broadcaster, Wendy Harmer.

Sexual Harassment - Safer Workplaces

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins delivered the keynote address at the Women in Film and TV NSW - Safer Workplaces Strategies forum.

Good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which you meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and paying my respects to their elders past and present.

I also pay my respects to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, as it is their land that I present to you from.

Human Rights Commission backs calls for modern slavery law

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has welcomed the call – across political lines – for a modern slavery act in Australia.

A sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade yesterday tabled its final report, Hidden in Plain Sight, following its inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

‘Great Australians’ to be recognised in 2017 Human Rights Awards

From an outstanding field of nominees, eight great Australians today will receive a prestigious 2017 Human Rights Award at a ceremony at the Westin Hotel Sydney, starting at noon.

Presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Australians from all walks of life. Award categories include law, media, young people, community and business.

Working towards Equality for People with Disability: the big issues for the Disability Discrimination Commissioner

People with disability still face a lot of barriers in today’s society in Australia.

To mark this year’s International Day of People with Disability, held on Sunday 3 December 2017, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, is releasing Working towards Equality for People with Disability, which outlines the things he will do to address the big issues that people with disability have told him about.

“Will you still need me”

Combatting Discrimination & Promoting Cohesion
“Will you still need me”

Paul McCartney’s famous song ‘Will you still need me’ penned in 1966, at the age of 24, when the oldest of Australia’s baby boomers were just turning 20, despite Paul contemplating turning 64, for most boomers then it was probably the furthest thing from their minds, and for most of them would have seemed an impossibility.

Australia's first diversity leadership program takes off

The Australian Human Rights Commission and the University Sydney Business School (USBS) have teamed-up to launch the country’s first Leadership Program on Cultural Diversity.

The pilot program, which was conducted in Sydney this week, is an executive education course designed to promote leadership on cultural diversity in business and government.

Human Rights Medal finalists announced

The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced six finalists for the 2017 Human Rights Medal.

Among them is Chrissie Foster and her husband Anthony. Sadly, Anthony passed away earlier this year, aged 64. The couple spent more than twenty years advocating and campaigning for survivors of child sex abuse, after two of their three daughters were abused by a Catholic priest in Melbourne. Their advocacy helped bring about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.