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Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Inquiry into Women and Girls Human Rights in Indo-Pacific region

There is an important opportunity for ANU Gender Institute members, especially the international node to engage with the Australian government and policymakers.

Julie Bishop has asked the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade  to inquire into and report on the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region. The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 22 May 2014.  Please see the inquiry webpage http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/Human_Rights. This page includes information on how to prepare a written submission.

The Committee is particularly interested in submissions that address the following issues:

  • barriers and impediments to enhancing the human rights of women and girls in the Indian Ocean - Asia Pacific region, especially regarding the impact of family and sexual violence, women's leadership and economic opportunities;
  • achievements to date in advancing women and girls’ human rights in these key areas;
  • implications for economic and social development in the Indian Ocean - Asia Pacific region of promoting women and girls' human rights; and
  • the effectiveness of Australian programs to support efforts to improve the human rights of women and girls in the Indian Ocean - Asia Pacific region.

Dr Susan Harris Rimmer will be coordinating a collective Gender Institute submission to the Committee that will bring together all our expertise whether thematic on particular human rights issues of relevance to women and girls or by country/subregion e.g. it would be good to cover Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia etc. Individuals are also welcome to prepare submissions.

The Gender Institute submission should be 10 pages or less, so we are looking for short submissions 1-2 pages each.

PLEASE ALSO SEND ANY RELEVANT ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, BOOKS, preferably with accompanying link.

Please let Dr Harris Rimmer know 1) if you'd like to include your research-based analysis and concerns, or recommendations and 2) send them to her by email for collation by Monday May 19th COB.

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute