The Council understands that the extent and range of violent actions perpetrated against women are broad. They can include offences as extreme as female genital mutilation, institutional abuse, trafficking of women, and sexual violence as a strategy in armed conflict. These are crimes and human rights abuses and must also be addressed through appropriate channels. However, for women in Australia, sexual assault and domestic and family violence are the most pervasive human rights violations. They harm and limit the lives of a third of Australian women, and require an immediate and focused response.
Content Updated: 23 May 2012