MEDIA RELEASE: UN INTERNATIONAL WOMENS’ DAY STATEMENT - TUESDAY, MARCH 12 2019

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
 
THE HON CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

 

UN INTERNATIONAL WOMENS’ DAY STATEMENT

Labor is concerned by the Morrison Government’s refusal to sign the UN International Women’s Day Statement.
 
57 countries including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan backed the call to help "remedy the accountability deficit in human rights violations of women and girls", including barriers to reproductive rights.
 
However, Australia withheld support for the statement that called on member states to respect women's and girls' "right to bodily autonomy", including guaranteed universal protection of sexual and reproductive health, comprehensive sexual education and access to safe abortion.
 
Labor is concerned by reports that the Morrison Government withheld Australia’s support because the statement explicitly calls for universal protection of women’s sexual and reproductive health, including access to safe abortion.  Scott Morrison should explain why his Government refused to support this. 
 
Labor believes reproductive choice and access to basic health care are fundamental rights. 
 
This is why Labor last week announced a comprehensive national policy to enable Australian women to access legal, safe, affordable reproductive health services when and where they need them. 
 
 
TUESDAY, 12 MARCH 2019