The Equality Rights Alliance works with our colleagues at the other four National Women's Alliances to engage the Australian women's sector in international human rights processes, in particular the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Universal Periodic Review.
Commission on the Status of Women 2016 (CSW60)
The Commission on the Status of Women is a global intergovernmental body committed to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world attend the sessions each year.
The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016.
The priority theme for CSW60 was women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development; and the review theme (taken from CSW57’s agreed conclusions) was the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
ERA’s Project Coordinator, Hannah Gissane, joined thousands of women's rights activists and advocates from around the globe for CSW60. Read about Hannah’s CSW experiences at The Gender Agency and YWCA Australia.
Equality Rights Alliance joined with the other National Women’s Alliances in a submission leading into the 59th Commission on the Status of Women [link to PDF document]. No Agreed Conclusions were adopted at CSW59, instead the Commission adopted a declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.
ERA was represented at CSW58 by our Program Manager, Helen Dalley-Fisher. The Agreed Conclusions for CSW58 can be found on the UN Women website.
ERA presented at the Joint Alliance CSW report back in Sydney at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
ERA Program Manager, Helen Dalley-Fisher.
AWAVA Chair, Julie Oberin
2015 Universal Periodic Review
The Universal Periodic Review ('UPR') is a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council which reviews the human rights records of all 193 United Nations Member States.
In March 2015, a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia prepared a joint NGO submission to Australia's second review under the Universal Periodic Review.
To assist States, NHRIs and NGOs to participate in the Universal Periodic Review of Australia in 2015, the NGO coalition prepared a range of thematic fact sheets. The fact sheets are available on the Human Rights Law Centre website.
International Aids Conference 2014
As part of our effort to build a presence in the Sexual and Reproductive Health policy space, ERA attended the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne. The IAC was a unique and valuable opportunity to build ERA’s relationships in the health sector in Australia and globally and strengthen our profile in sexual and reproductive health. We were able to strengthen our knowledge base on sexual and reproductive health advocacy and identify links between the current national HIV strategy and broader sexual and reproductive health policy.
Beyond 2014: Youth Leadership in the AIDS Response
The Melbourne Youth Force held a Press Conference on Tuesday July 22 to release the ground breaking Youth Action Plan, as well as to highlight the key advocacy messages of Treat all People. Respect all rights, END HIV/AIDS
The 2014 Youth Action Plan states “The needs of adolescents and young people cannot be ignored any longer. Despite the advances in the fight against AIDS, we are experiencing a crisis in the adolescent and youth pandemic. We have the tools to address this crisis, but we need governments, policy makers, and healthcare professionals to commit to real and effective change by 2020. We need to TREAT. REFORM. EDUCATE. LOVE”
The panel spoke about the Youth Action Plan, and its development, which was done in consultation with young people both in Australia and internationally.