Women's rights


16 May 2019

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.


Unfinished business: the pursuit of rights and choices for all
10 Apr 2019

This report considers the gains made in women's sexual and reproductive health and rights since the establishment of the Population Fund in 1969.


Submission to the International Commission of Jurists
8 Apr 2019

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,...


2 Apr 2019

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...


20 Mar 2019

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.


7 Mar 2019

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.


12 Dec 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...


Identifying patterns in social norms contributing to violence against women and girls across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pacific
25 Nov 2018

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

16 Nov 2018

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...


13 Nov 2018

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,...


31 Jul 2018

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

4 Jul 2018

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...


29 Jun 2018

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...


Submission of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission for the Seventh Periodic Review of New Zealand under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
11 Jun 2018

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).


29 Apr 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

7 Mar 2018

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


6 Mar 2018

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.


13 Feb 2018

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.


Women's rights at work report
23 Nov 2017

Gendered violence is pervasive in Australian society, and is a serious every day health and safety issue for many Victorian workers. It is a workplace hazard with specific causes. By understanding the root causes of violence in the workplace we can more effectively prevent violence...

Briefing paper

17 Nov 2017

Examines some of the challenges women in the Papua New Guinea highlands face in escaping violent relationships.



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