Australia signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1983. Often described as an international bill of rights for women, it was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for international action to end this discrimination. It is also one of the most ratified human rights conventions in the world. (Sources: Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra, Office for Women, South Australia).
- Release of report from Queensland Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence
- Announcement of COAG Advisory Panel to Reduce Violence Against Women
- Rosie Batty named Australian of the Year
- Second Action Plan 2013-2016 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children
- First Indigenous Woman Elected to Federal Parliament – Nova Peris