Women's rights


Journal article

Neglected and non-consented care during childbirth in public health facilities in Central Tigray, Ethiopia

The present study aimed to assess the magnitude and factors associated with neglected and non-consented care during childbirth in public health facilities in Central Tigray, Ethiopia. Methods: A health facility-based cross-sectional survey supplemented by a qualitative study was conducted from April to May 2020 among...


System update: towards a women, peace and cybersecurity agenda

This report explores the relationship between the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda on the one hand, and cyber-enabled threats and cybersecurity on the other.

Gender equality: women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

This report’s review of the Beijing Platform for Action draws on the most comprehensive and participatory stock-taking exercise ever undertaken on women’s rights, to which 170 countries contributed. It highlights gaps and opportunities and proposes effective solutions.

Australia’s implementation of women, peace and security: promoting regional stability

This report examines the benefits of Australia strengthening its implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, to bolster its regional stability and national security efforts.

Challenging power, fighting discrimination

This publication summarises the key challenges affecting women human rights defenders (WHRDs), and includes input collected through interviews with WHRDs in all continents. They all insist that more action is urgently needed from state and non-state actors, so that they can continue their critical human...

Women, Peace and Security summit: 2019 summit report

The Women Peace and Security Summit was co-hosted by the Governments of Samoa and New Zealand in Apia, Samoa, 22-23 August 2019. The summit was attend by 150 participants from 24 countries. This summit report captured discussions, high level outcomes and recommendations that will help...
Working paper

Sexual health and economic empowerment of young women and girls in Cuba: exploring the role of social norms

This literature review brings together evidence on the linkages between social norms and sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as well as between social norms and women’s economic empowerment (WEE). The focus is on Cuba, but broader evidence is presented from the Latin America and Caribbean...

Progress of the world's women 2019–2020

This year's report focuses on gender and the family. It proposes a comprehensive family-friendly policy agenda to advance gender equality in diverse families, arguing that promoting gender equality within families is a critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

2019 Beijing+25 national review report

This report on Australia’s implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, covering the period 1 May 2014 – 1 May 2019, has been finalised during a caretaker period of the Commonwealth Government of Australia.

Developing principles to address the detrimental impact on health, equality and human rights of criminalization with a focus on select conduct in the areas of sexuality, reproduction, drug use and HIV

In this submission Amnesty International outlines the human rights impact of criminalizing sexuality and reproduction, and provides recommendations regarding developing principles to address the detrimental impact on health, equality and human rights of criminalization with a focus on select conduct in the areas of sexuality...

Women, business and the law 2019: a decade of reform

This study examines ten years of Women, Business and the Law data through an index structured around the economic decisions women make as they go through different stages of their working lives. It provides insight into how women’s employment and entrepreneurship choices are affected by...

Gender and environment statistics: unlocking information for action and measuring the SDGs

This report seeks to provide a framework to measure the nexus between gender and the environment. It outlines the key issues and associated indicators used for tracking and analysing those issues.

Oxfam’s guide to feminist influencing

This guide was written for Oxfam staff. However, it is useful for anyone interested in learning more about how to apply feminist principles and practices to campaigning, policy, advocacy and influencing.

Final independent review of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012–2018

The first Australian National Action Plan has been assessed as a sound document ‘for its time’, keeping key stakeholders to account and ‘on track’. But there are clear indications from both the literature and this review of areas in which the next plan could be...

Let's stop thinking it's normal

This collated research report is based on formative research from 12 countries across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pacific. The report identifies dominant and common patterns in the social norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls; and discusses how formative research...
Briefing paper

Violence against women is a barrier to women’s leadership

This briefing paper examines the factors involved in under-representation of women in political decision-making, worldwide. It sets out actions to mitigate this, using a case study from Papua New Guinea, where the Our Voice program advocated for the reform of electoral laws to increase women's...

Between work and care: older women's economic empowerment

Women’s economic empowerment has gained increasing attention within the global development agenda in recent years, bolstered by the adoption of a range of relevant targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Yet the specific experiences of older women often remain underexplored and unrecognised...

Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-18: 2018 progress report

The Australian Government reports on progress made under the National Action Plan every two years. This is the third Progress Report covering the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.
Discussion paper

Australia’s second national action plan on women, peace and security: discussion paper

To support the development of the second National Action Plan, the Australian Government is seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders, both through national roundtables and through the online consultation website. The purpose of this paper is to prompt discussion and raise issues for...

Report of the Australian government delegation to the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) was held in New York from 12 to 24 March 2018. The priority theme for CSW62 focused on the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women...

Women’s rights in New Zealand

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women for the purposes of New Zealand’s eighth periodic review under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Women, business and the law 2018

This resource explores how legislation affects women’s access to jobs, property, justice and credit, and showcases progress on gender legal parity around the world.
Fact sheet

Face the facts: gender equality 2018

While progress has been made, Australia still has long way to go to bring about gender equality.

Small claims, large battles: achieving economic equality in the family law system

For women experiencing disadvantage, the risk of poverty, homelessness and ongoing financial insecurity is heightened by the lack of fast, affordable pathways to resolve family law property disputes. Many women are simply walking away from their entitlement to a fair division of property.

Talking about power #MeToo

Following trends on social media, ShelterSA has published this opinion piece, covering the relationship between viral movements such as #MeToo, and gender inequality and power.