women's rights

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Some of the Coalition government's initiatives on women and Indigenous issues have been more successful than others. Labor is promising much more.

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A UN committee has identified numerous ways in which Australia is falling short on the rights of women and children – it must now take the committee's recommendations seriously, write Maria Nawaz and Tess Degan.

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Australia's record on women's rights is poised to come under scrutiny, including its treatment of Indigenous women and girls, sexual harassment and violence against women.

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A United Nations committee will be told Australia needs to urgently strengthen its human rights protections, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. 

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Acknowledging the legal status of foetuses may spark a more nuanced conversation about abortion, argues Helen Pringle.