Mechanisms for Advancing Women’s Rights

Congratulations to Simone Cusack, a former Fellow of our International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, who authored the following guide, published by the Australian Human Rights Commission.  She now works there as a  Senior Policy/Research Officer in the Sex and Age Discrimination Unit (SAGE).

MECHANISMS FOR ADVANCING WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS:  A guide to using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms
Australian Human Rights Commission, 2011, 95 pages, ONLINE  here.

This new guide to using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW to advance
women’s human rights provides practical guidance for lawyers,
advocates and women experiencing violations of their rights on how to
use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint
mechanisms to seek redress for violations of women’s human rights.

Section 1 provides an introduction to international complaint
mechanisms, including the Optional Protocol to CEDAW.

Sections 2 and 3 outline the communication and inquiry procedures of
the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and explain in detail how to use these
mechanisms to obtain redress for violations of women’s human rights.

Section 4 briefly examines some of the other complaint mechanisms
that are available to women at the international level.

Section 5 outlines a number of factors to be taken into account when
deciding whether to use international complaint mechanisms.

The remainder of the Guide includes key documents and identifies
further sources of information and assistance for women considering
using international complaint mechanisms.

The entire guide (95 pages) is available online here .

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