Terms of Reference

Inquiry into the rights of women and children

Women and children continue to experience human rights violations. Recent reports of sexual violence in war-affected areas and issues such as orphanage trafficking continue to influence the lives of women and children across the world. In addition, women and children can experience abuse specifically tied to their experiences as a migrant or refugee. In light of these ongoing concerns, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will inquire into the Rights of Women and Children with a particular focus on:

  • understanding the treatment of women and children internationally and the impact of this treatment on their human rights;
  • the adequacy of support services, including legal services, available to affected women and children;
  • the disproportionate impact on women's education and social inclusion created by global disruptions such as COVID, climate change, and the Ukraine-Russia conflict; and
  • any related matters.
For further information, please contact the secretariat on (02) 6277 2205.

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

About this inquiry

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has commenced an inquiry into matters related to the rights of women and children.

Past Public Hearings

13 Sep 2023: Canberra
11 Aug 2023: Canberra
09 Aug 2023: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

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