Committee to hear evidence on increased gender violence and human rights breaches

Issue date: Tuesday, 6 June 2023

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The Human Rights Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will speak to key charitable and human rights organisations about trends in relation to human rights violations against women and children in a public hearing to be held in Melbourne CBD on Wednesday, 7 June 2023.

Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP, Member for Calwell and Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee, stated that:

“The Subcommittee has heard evidence of a range of human rights abuses being perpetrated against women and children across the globe. This public hearing will focus on delving further into these issues, identifying the root causes of gendered violence, and considering how best to move forward in the pursuit of gender equality and protecting the rights of the child.”

The Subcommittee will finalise its hearing program soon and move towards the preparation of its report. Submissions to the inquiry were due by Friday, 16 December 2022; however, late submissions may be considered. Submissions containing graphic material will not be accepted to the inquiry. Submissions should be lodged online using a My Parliament account.

Further information in relation to the inquiry is available from the JSCFADT’s website.

Hearing details

Time: 10.15 am to 4.45 pm (AEST)

Venue: Seminar Room 2 & 3, Level 7, Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Australian Red Cross
Plan International Australia
Uniting Church of Australia                       
Iranian Women’s Association     
CBM Australia & The Australian Disability and Development Consortium
International Women’s Development Agency
Monash University & Eleos Justice

Media inquiries

Office of Maria Vamvakinou MP (Member for Calwell; Chair, Human Rights Subcommittee)
Ph: 0477 963 459; Email:

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2205

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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