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50th Session of the Human Rights Council

National Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, 20 June 2022

Australia thanks the Special Rapporteur for her report.

Violence against indigenous women and girls is a human rights violation, underpinned by intersecting forms of structural discrimination. Australia is committed to combatting this scourge.

Domestically, we are working with Indigenous Australians to develop and implement community-led, culturally safe, and healing-informed actions to prevent and respond to violence against First Nations women and girls, for example by developing dedicated strategies to end violence against Indigenous women and children. We prioritise the rights of Indigenous women and girls in our international and multilateral engagement, which will be led by our Ambassador for First Nations Peoples.

We welcome the Special Rapporteur's suggested measures for recognition, improving participation, advancing access to justice, protection and support services, and preventing violence, led by indigenous women and girls in all their diversity. We agree that consultation with indigenous women in legislative responses is critical.

We ask the Special Rapporteur to share good practices in ensuring that the voices of indigenous women and girls are not only sought, but meaningfully reflected in the development and implementation of preventative and responsive policy measures.

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