Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations. The UPR provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement. A number of stakehodlers are working to co-ordinate a Joint NGO Report on behalf of a large coalition of NGOs representing the breadth of civil society in Australia. Experience has shown that we get better outcomes when we coordinate report-writing and advocacy with UN mechanisms.
As part of this, a number of consultations are taking place across Australia.
The Duxton Hotel, Ballroom A 1 St Georges Terrace Perth
This AHURI event will shine the spotlight on the important issues of housing older people. Mr Grahame Searle (Director General, WA Department of Housing), Professor Bruce Judd (AHURI Research Centre—University of NSW) and Associate Professor Rachel Ong (AHURI Research Centre—Curtin University), together with a panel of distinguished experts from the community housing and aged care sectors, will discuss the issues and offer solutions to the problems based on their research and expertise.
The Office for Women is now calling for applications from individuals and representatives of non-government organisations who are interested in being considered for inclusion as an NGO delegate on the official Australian Government delegation to the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER.
The Australian Human Rights Commission's Rights & Responsibilities survey ends Friday, October 31!
This survey forms part of the Australian Human Rights Commission's national consultation regarding how effectively we protect people’s human rights and freedoms in Australia. The consultation will focus on building understanding and improved protection of our fundamental human rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
Every year COTA NSW surveys people over 50 around NSW about the policy issues that affect their everyday lives. Housing is a hot topic in NSW, and COTA NSW felt it was important to research some of the related issues for older people in NSW. Some of the emerging issues in this year’s 50+ Report will reveal our findings about housing affordability, whether people are happy with where they live and whether older people feel that their homes will suit their needs as they age (housing design).
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
OWN's Festival of Ideas 2015: United We Stand
The Older Women's Network (OWN) are inviting women from all walks of life to meet and talk as part of this festival. The event will also have guest speakers and key topics for discussion by participants.
Entry is free but a gold coin donation is appreciated!
YWCA of Canberra, Level 5, 161 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT
A workshop to share information and insights on the UPR process, discuss key human rights issues and develop collective strategies ahead of Australia's upcoming UPR …
Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve the protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations.
Workshop participants will share insights and learnings from Australia's first UPR, discuss progress on the implementation of recommendations from the previous review and discuss key issues, opportunities and strategies for the upcoming UPR in 2015.
…and a training session on using international human rights in Australian advocacy
Prior to the workshop the Equality Rights Alliance will provide an introduction to the international human rights framework (with an emphasis on the rights of women) and identify methods of using international rights in a domestic setting.
Date: Thursday 27 November 2014
Time: 12:30 – 1pm - Lunch
1 – 2pm - Using International Human Rights in Australian Advocacy
2:15 – 5pm - General NGO UPR Workshop
RSVP: by Wednesday 19 November to Alyssa Shaw at email@example.com. Please specify if you would like to attend both the training and workshop events.
This workshop is presented by the National Association of Community Legal Centres, The Human Rights Law Centre, Kingsford legal Centre, the National Women's Alliances and the Equality Rights Alliance. Thanks to YWCA of Canberra for providing us with a venue.
For more information about the UPR and workshops in other cities/towns please visit the National Association of Legal Communities website.