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50th Session of the Human Rights Council

National Statement during the Annual Discussion on Women’s Rights: Panel 1: Exploring the nexus between climate change and violence against women and girls through a human rights lens, 27 June 2022

We thank the panellists for their insights.

As we confront the climate crisis, women’s and girls’ human rights must be at the centre of our collective efforts. Climate change and its consequences can exacerbate the risk of sexual and gender-based violence. This risk is most acute for women and girls facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and inequality, including indigenous women and girls.

Australia is committed to achieving gender equality and eliminating sexual and gender-based violence, including during emergencies. Australia is providing funding to train disaster responders to identify and support women and girls experiencing family and domestic violence during and after natural disasters.   

We stand with Pacific women and girls in responding to the climate crisis, including by providing negotiator training to support women delegates from Pacific island countries to represent their countries in international climate change meetings.

Women and girls, in all their diversity, must be able to live their lives free of violence. Realising women’s and girls’ human rights is an important part of securing the future of our planet and a better future for us all.

Australia would welcome the panellists’ views on good practices addressing violence against women and girls in the context of climate change and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

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