Submission for NWCI Shadow Report to CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Issued: September 2016


The VPSJ welcomes this opportunity to make a submission in regards to discrimination against women. This brief submission will highlight aspects of the VPSJ’s recent Minimum Essential Standard of Living research which relate to issues predominantly experienced by women.

While the research does not specifically focus on gender, a number of issues demonstrated in the research are of particular pertinence to women, as women tend to experience these situations more frequently than men.

Those in low paid and minimum wage employment are more likely to be women; similarly the incidence of part-time employment and low hour employment is higher for women. Furthermore, the changes to the One-Parent Family Payment will have disproportionately impacted on women as the majority of one parent households are headed by women.