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).
- Ayor Makur Chuot is elected to be Australia’s first South Sudanese MP
- Nyadol Nyuon becomes the first African Australian woman to be appointed the chairperson of a national multicultural peak body in Australia
- June Oscar AO becomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
- Women’s March
- Fiona Simson elected first female president of National Farmers Federation