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Submission to Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women – Information for List of Issues on Australia (2017)

Discrimination Sex Discrimination

United Nations Submissions

Summary

Australia’s record on gender equality is mixed. Despite very high attainment in education, Australia’s overall position on the Global Gender Gap Index is comparatively low at 46th. Economic participation and opportunity is one of the areas where Australia lags most significantly - it is 42nd on the World Economic Forum’s global gender gap index.

 

Submission to Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women – Information for List of Issues on Australia

29 September 2017

Australian Human Rights Commission submission to the UN

 

Introduction

1. This submission is made by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Commission is an ‘A status’ national human rights institution established and operating in full compliance with the Paris Principles.

2. The submission is based on work that has been undertaken by the Commission in accordance with our mandate and functions.1 The material provided here has been publicly reported in Australia and has been brought to the attention of the Australian Government.2

3. The Commission thanks the Committee for the opportunity to provide a written contribution prior to its adoption of the List of Issues (LOI) on Australia.

4. The recommended issues for consideration in the LOI are contained in the body of the submission and compiled in Attachment 1 of the submission