Advocating for the elimination of child and forced marriage

December 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76092-336-5

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Chair's Foreword

Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Members - Human Rights Sub-Committee



List of Recommendations

1. Overview

  Previous committee inquiries and reports
  Report structure

2. Child and forced marriage

  Prevalence of child and forced marriage
  Australian legal framework
  International legal framework and norms
  Concluding comment

3. National action plans and strategies

  National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2025
  National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery
  International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy 2016
  Concluding comment

4. Addressing drivers of child and forced marriage

  Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  Education and economic empowerment
  Women’s participation and political involvement
  Supporting legal and justice sector responses
  Dominant cultural practices, and working with faith-based communities
  Working with community organisations
  Concluding comment

5. Australian Government support

  Support for Australians when overseas
  Programs delivered by non-government organisations
  Challenges experienced by those facing child or forced marriage
  Concluding comment

6. Advocacy by the Australian Government in multilateral fora

  United Nations (UN)
  Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime
  International models under consideration
  Child and forced marriage clauses in trade agreements
  Concluding comment

A. Submissions

B. Exhibits

C. Hearings

  Friday, 18 June 2021 - Canberra
  Wednesday, 25 August 2021 - Canberra

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313