Women's Health Rights Night
Rights Nights in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Centre and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, based at UNSW Law, invite you to a seminar
Women’s Health Rights Night
Date: Wednesday 7 Dec 2016
Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Room G02, UNSW Law (see map)
Many women’s health rights issues, particularly reproductive rights issues, are not typically topics of general public discussion. This is partly the result of less funding being allocated to the research of diseases that impact women specifically, and the fact that medical research more generally often fails to take into account the significance of gender. As a result, human rights in relation women’s health is not as prominent an issue in the public sphere as it arguably should be.
A lack of resources combined with a deficit in relation to information about the impact of health on women’s lives often leaves women marginalised and powerless to make informed choices about their own health. In NSW, for example, an abortion is only legal if a doctor believes the procedure is necessary to prevent serious danger to a woman’s life or risks to her mental or physical health. In the absence of these considerations, the procedure is unlawful and punishable by imprisonment. Despite the acknowledgment of significant levels of violence against women across Australia, the public health impact of this national crisis is less visible and the provision of appropriate and adequate services to address this impact, is in need of review.
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. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the current status of reproductive rights in Australia, access to medication to treat diseases and illnesses that primarily affect women, and current deficiencies in medical research and public discussion on women’s health.
Moderator: Professor Andrea Durbach, Director, Australian Human Rights 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 to9 December.