The 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women came to an end last Friday, with the adoption of the agreed conclusions. The conclusions were reached after long and extensive negotiations, resulting in some significant steps forward, as well as some less promising developments. Some achievements include the stand-alone paragraph on strengthening the position of Indigenous women, recognition of the impact of climate change on women and girls, and commitment to increasing the participation of National Human Rights Institutions at CSW. However, there is much to be done in relation to reproductive rights, violence against women and sexual and gender diversity. Failure to acknowledge the diversity of families was also a disappointment. For more thorough analysis, watch this wrap-up video by Hannah Gissane from Equality Rights Alliance and AWAVA Advisory Group member Bonney Corbin. Liz Ford from the Guardian has also written a piece on the negotiation process, echoing many of the concerns raised in the ERA/AWAVA video wrap-up. Follow us on facebook and twitter (@AWAVA_women) for more analysis and commentary on CSW!
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- Three-time AFL Premiership player Jimmy Bartel has spoken up about his family’s experience with domestic violence. He hopes to use his platform to generate awareness about family and domestic violence and raise money for the Luke Batty Foundation and Geelong-based group, Bethany.