What We Do

Human Rights Program

The UNAA is coordinating a national program to raise awareness of the benefits of Australia gaining a seat on the Human Rights Council while also encouraging the Australian Government to uphold Australia’s human rights record and fulfil our international obligations.

Human Rights Council Bid Project

Click here for UNAA Statement on Australia’s Candidacy for the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Seminar Series

In 2016, we launched a series of Human Rights seminars to discuss issues raised in Australia’s most recent Universal Periodic Review.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process undertaken by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. It involves review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years.

In August, we hosted a discussion on Australia’s performance in relation to LGBQTI rights and marriage equality with Professor Dennis Altman and Dr Cai Wilkinson, while in September, former UNHCR High Commissioner Erika Feller discussed Australian asylum seeker policies with Dr Amy Nethery.

We will hold further seminars in 2017.

UNAA National Forum on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls 2016

In September, the UNAA brought together 140 leaders from women’s and community sector organisations; indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities; the superannuation industry and expert researchers in a consultative forum on the theme of the Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls.

This theme aligns with the focus for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2017.

This one and a half day forum include expert keynote speakers and a range of thematic discussions during which delegates shared their professional and personal insights to workshop a multi-sectoral action plan.

 Click here to read the final Forum report