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UN Committee Against Torture calls on Australian Government to address violence against women with disabilities



The United Nations Committee Against Torture has released its report following its recent review of Australia. The Committee has expressed its concern at the rates of violence perpetrated against women with disabilities and has called on the Australian Government to redouble its efforts to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women, particularly violence perpetrated against women with disabilities and indigenous women.

The Committee has also urged the Australian Government to ensure that all allegations of sexual abuse, regardless of the time of their commission, are promptly investigated and that victims obtain redress and fair and adequate compensation.

The Committee expressed its concern that involuntary or coerced sterilization of children and adults with disabilities is an ongoing practice in Australia. The Committee recommends that the Australian Government enact national uniform legislation prohibiting, except where there is a serious threat to life or health, the use of sterilisation without the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, and ensure that, once adopted, this legislation is effectively applied.

The Full Report (Concluding Observations – Australia) can be found here:


Courtesy of Carolyn Frohmader, Executive Director, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)