Empowering women and girls

On Thursday, 3 December 2015, the Committe tabled its report for the inquiry into The Human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean - Asia Pacific region.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015 

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Preliminary pages
Foreword, Membership of the Committee, Membership of the Human Rights Sub-Committee, Terms of reference, List of abbreviations, List of recommendations
(PDF 333KB)
Chapter 1: Background (PDF 138KB)
Chapter 2: Human rights of women and girls and the role of the law
(PDF 411KB)
Chapter 3: Violence against women  and girls (PDF 389KB)
Chapter 4: Women and girls in war, conflict and disaster zones (PDF 366KB)
Chapter 5: Health, reproduction and amenities (PDF 442KB)
Chapter 6: Education and the rights of girls (PDF 362KB)
Chapter 7: Women and leadership (PDF 401KB)
Chapter 8: The economic empowerment of women (PDF 398KB)
Chapter 9:  Gender in Australia's aid and diplomacy (PDF 614KB)
Chapter 10:  Improving Australian programs (PDF 247KB)
Appendix A: List of Submissions (PDF 49KB)
Appendix B: List of Exhibits (PDF 114KB)
Appendix C: Public Hearings (PDF 96KB)

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About this inquiry

The Human Rights Sub-Committee will examine a broad range of human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region. Refer to the terms of reference for more information.

Past Public Hearings

18 Jun 2015: Canberra
15 May 2015: Canberra
07 May 2015: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report tabled


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