Australia: New Guide to Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW
Australia: New Guide to Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms
The Australian Human Rights Commission has just published a most useful document about using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) to try to combat abuse of women’s rights. The guide, Mechanisms for Advancing Women’s Human Rights, provides lawyers, advocates and women experiencing violations of their rights with an introduction and a practical guide on how to use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other alternative protective mechanisms at the international level as a means of seeking redress for alleged violations.
This guide is an important educative tool for progressing gender equality and is relevant to all countries. The Guide will also be helpful for increasing understanding within the community of the international complaint mechanisms that are available and the ways they can be used by women to advance their human rights.
Rae Duff, GWI Advocacy Network Moderator