Women's health rights night


Women’s Health Rights Night explored the right to health against the backdrop of women’s access to health information, to resources and to health services in Australia. Women still face many of the same barriers to health care as they have in the past. Despite evidence demonstrating that access to primary health care is the key to attaining a level of health that will permit all individuals to lead a socially and economically productive life, women continue to face discrimination within and exclusion from a critical condition that enables life.

The evening’s panel brought together experts in the field of women’s rights and health to address some key issues and ongoing concerns including:

Denele Crozier is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health NSW, the peak body for women’s health centres across NSW. WHNSW collective provides services to over 100,000 women each year.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is an MLC for the NSW Greens, her portfolio responsibilities include the status of women, drug and harm minimisation and young people. She recently presented an Abortion Reform Bill to the NSW Legislative Assembly.

Dr Christine Forster is an Associate Professor of Law at UNSW. Her academic work focuses on health and medical law, Feminist legal theory, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and women's human rights, Positive Obligations in Gender Equality Laws and Gender Equality.

Syl Freedman co-founded EndoActive to raise much needed awareness and provide information on Endometriosis. She has been named one of 8 Young Leaders in the 100 Women of Influence Awards and is currently studying a Masters of Health Communication at the Univ of Sydney.

The night was moderated by Andrea Durbach, Director of the Australian Humna Rigths Centre.

The seminar was part of Rights Nights, a week of free, nightly expert panel events open to the public focusing on a range of  human rights topics in Australia, running from 5 to 9 December 2016 and produced by graduates of ANU.