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Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that women have the right to equality of opportunity and outcome with their male counterparts and that gender-based discrimination against women is profoundly unjust and an affront to human dignity.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates

  • the elimination of all forms and threats of violence against women, acknowledging that some groups of women (in particular those belonging to minority groups) are particularly at risk;
  • ensuring women have access to justice and support services vital to assisting victims of violence and their children to recover from the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impacts of violence, including adequate legal aid;
  • community education on the rights of women and the principle of non-discrimination;
  • an acknowledgement of the common overlap between violence against women and violence against children;
  • The investigation and understanding of cultural dynamics and pressures which may hinder women’s access to justice.
  • Recognises that women with disability are especially vulnerable to violence and that specific and targeted measures are required to protect their human rights
  • Supports the introduction of uniform national legislation dealing with Special Medical Procedures (Sterilisation) to address the sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities.
  • Advocates for adequate support for women with disabilities so that their right to found a family is not denied
  • That children born to mothers with disabilities will not be automatically removed at birth into long-term/permanent foster care, when appropriate support would ensure the maintenance of the family unit

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.

Related webinars

When violence affects your tenancy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Queensland’s residential tenancies laws can help a person who wants to change their living arrangements after an act of violence. > more

Domestic violence and trauma informed practice

Monday, April 23, 2018
Community legal centres are a key stakeholder in assisting victims of domestic violence (DV) with advice and support. > more

Dealing with sexual harassment complaints in the workplace

Friday, May 18, 2018
Drawing on high profile sexual harassment scandals in media, entertainment and corporate Australia, Rachel Drew, Partner at Holding Re > more

The Family Advocacy and Support Service

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Last year, the Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) was implemented in the Family Law Courts in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. > more

Sex worker rights are human rights: Barriers in accessing justice

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Sex work is one of the most heavily regulated workforces in Queensland. The current laws force sex workers to choose between working safely or legally. > more

11. Domestic violence and trauma informed practice

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
In this webinar, Rachel Neil, Principal Solicitor at Women’s Legal Service, discusses trauma and the effect of victims of DV, the importance of validating the victim through trauma informed practice, and assessing safety through interviewing. Rachel provides some practical tips to help you get the best information from your client while minimising the negative impact.  > more