Submission to CEDAW committee general discussion on access to justice Feb 2013

Submission to CEDAW General Discussion on Access to Justice 2013

Advocacy for Inclusion
February 2013

Advocacy for Inclusion is a not-for-profit non-government community organisation in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. We provide individual and systemic advocacy services to people with disabilities to promote their human rights and inclusion in the community. We work with some of the most vulnerable women in the community who face multiple disadvantages and various barriers to accessing justice.
Due to their particular position of marginalisation in the Australian community, women with disabilities are often denied their right as per Article 3 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Women with disabilities in Australia are consequently unable to claim their human rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We are particularly concerned that due to a lack of access to justice, women are unable to claim the following rights:

  • Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse
  • The right to parent
  • Equal recognition before the law