Human rights, women’s safety stakeholders to give evidence to inquiry on women and children’s rights

Issue date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023

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The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) Human Rights Subcommittee will hear from human rights advocates and women’s safety stakeholders in a public hearing to be held today in Camperdown, Sydney.

Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP stated that:

“We have recently heard evidence detailing the increase of human rights abuses of women and children in recent years, including the prevalence of acid attacks, rape as a weapon of war, and orphanage trafficking. After hearing from Government agencies recently, the Committee is eager to hear from those working in the sector to learn what they’re seeing and what can be done.’

The Subcommittee intends to hold additional hearings in coming months to support its work on the inquiry.

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: 9.15am to 1.15pm (AEDT)
Venue: Auditorium, F23 Administration Building, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW

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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