Lawyers, campaigners and crusaders behind powerful human rights activism in Australia shared their experiences at the frontline for the fight for human rights at the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Gandhi Lecture 2020 on 4 February in Sydney. Belinda Henwood, corporate communications at the university, says the lecture titled ‘The Fight for Human Rights’ brought together Australian human rights champions including Pat Anderson, Rosie Batty, Anna Brown, Rosemary Kayess and Shen Narayanasamy.
Despite taking steps towards becoming a more equal and inclusive society for all, Australia’s record on human rights has been recently questioned. Indigenous Australians are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and more than one woman in Australia are killed every week by a partner or former partner. Over half of Australians living with a disability lack access to the support services they need and the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill threatens to undermine inclusive workplaces for LGBTQI+ people.
Henwood says the human rights champions discussed how to bring about positive and real change through a series of short talks at the Gandhi Lecture 2020. She says Pat Anderson, an Alyawarre woman and powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples, sh