Final hearing of parliamentary women and children’s rights inquiry to focus on practical solutions

Issue date: Friday, 11 August 2023

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Addressing human rights violations with practical and measurable solutions will be the focus of the Human Rights Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) during its public hearing on Friday, 11 August 2023 in Australian Parliament House. The Subcommittee’s final hearing for the Inquiry into the Rights of Women and Children will discuss potential measures to improve the human rights of women and children globally with stakeholders such as non-government organisations and Australian Government agencies.

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

“Throughout this inquiry, the Subcommittee has heard evidence about the types and scale of harm being perpetrated against women and children globally. Our final hearing will focus on how the Australian Government can make a practical and measurable difference to the lives of women and children. My fellow Subcommittee members and I look forward to discussing potential pathways forward with key stakeholders and experts.”

The Subcommittee may accept submissions until the final report is tabled in the Parliament. 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:          1.30 pm to 5.00 pm (AEST)
Venue:        Committee Room 2R1, Australian Parliament House, Canberra
Witnesses: Save the Children
                     Associate Professor Hannah McGlade
                     Harmony Alliance (Social Policy Group)
                     Australian Human Rights Commission
                     Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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 this Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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