In April 2012, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences, Ms Rashida Manjoo, undertook a Study Tour in Australia. The objective of the Study Tour was to gather information on violence against women, including women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The UN Special Rapporteur’s study tour was co-hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The tour encompassed meetings with the Attorney-General, federal, state and territory government representatives, service providers, business representatives, academics and community representatives, including representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from both urban and rural areas, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women with disability, lesbian and trans-women, young women, and older women. In total, 27 roundtables, meetings and site visits were held across four States and Territories.
Key themes and issues that emerged during discussions as part of the study tour are set out in the Commission’s report on the Study Tour.