Call for submissions: Country visit to Australia


The Special Rapporteur is seeking information in preparation of her country visit to Australia scheduled to take place from 13 to 24 February 2017.

The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences.
The Special Rapporteur will study:

  • the different manifestations of violence against women
  • the incorporation of the international and regional legal framework on violence against women
  • the State responses and measures to address violence against women (constitutional, legislative, and institutional framework, as well as inter-sectorial responses to violence against women)
  • implications of discrimination against women and discriminatory gender stereotypes on violence against women
  • gaps and challenges in fulfilling the State’s obligations to eliminate violence against women (prevention, protection, prosecution)
  • good practices aimed at promoting gender equality and eliminating violence against women, including data collection initiatives to prevent femicide and all forms of gender based violence

Throughout her visit, the Special Rapporteur will particularly focus on women who encounter multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, including indigenous women, women with disabilities, migrant and refugee women and women from remote or rural communities.

In accordance with the established practice of mandate-holders, the Special Rapporteur welcomes all relevant submissions that NGO’s and other stakeholders may wish to transmit for her consideration in preparation of this visit, such as:

  • Recent analytical reports or surveys on the manifestations and prevalence of violence against women in Australia
  • Information on the legal, policy and programmatic responses to violence against women, including criminal or civil provisions, and whether these measures are appropriate or sufficient
  • Priority issues/concerns that need the attention of the Special Rapporteur
  • Suggestions on key government persons/institutions to meet in different regions.
  • Suggestions on programmes, shelters, and organisations to visit in the various locations
  • Contact info of key NGOs, civil society representatives, lawyers to meet in different regions

It would also be useful to have substantive information on efforts undertaken in terms of prevention, protection, prosecution and punishment, and the provision of effective remedies for victims of violence against women.

During the visit, the Special Rapporteur wishes to meet with civil society organizations, human rights defenders and other advocates working on violence against women. The schedule and venues of meetings with civil society representatives will be shared in due course.

All submissions should be sent by 23rd January 2017 to vaw@ohchr.org