The UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. In signing the treaty, Australia committed to taking all steps required under the treaty to eliminate discrimination against women and to being regularly reviewed by the Committee – a panel of experts on discrimination. Australia was last reviewed in 2010.
On 3 July, Australia was examined by the Committee about whether it is complying with its obligations. An NGO delegation including the Human Rights Law Centre, presented the Committee with an overview of the gaps in protections for women and girls.