Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights

Muslim Womens Centre

Australia has launched a new Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. The Centre is in Northcote, Victoria, and is a new centre auspiced by the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria. This is a new community organisation which will advocate on human rights issues and provide welfare services to Muslim women.

On 13 April 2011, Australian Attorney-General, The Hon. Robert McClelland, MP, launched the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights – a new community organisation which will advocate on human rights issues and provide welfare services to Muslim women. ‘The organisers of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights have said the creation of the new centre will bring a human rights approach on issues of disadvantage and inequality for Muslim women across Australia.

You may read the full address by the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, on this website.

Senator Kate Lundy (Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs) addressed the Launch and gave an overview of Australia’s new multicultural policy, The People of Australia.

In her address, Senator Lundy commended the work of the Centre in shining a light on the important distinction between social traditions and practices, and Islam as a set of religious beliefs. Senator Lundy went on to say, In Australia, multiculturalism is about equality – including gender equality in every respect.

The respect for people’s right to uphold their cultural values and traditions can never be unconditional.

You may read the full address by Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, on this website

The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Hon. Catherine Branson QC, addressed the gathering and reminded then that Women’s rights are human rights. In addressing the name of the Centre, the President said, inter alia, By moving from a welfare-based approach to one informed by a human rights framework, the Centre clearly reinforces that if identities are based on multiple intersections of race, culture, religion, gender, sex, language and country of origin, so must interventions that seek to redress inequity. You may read the address of the Hon. Catherine Branson, QC, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, here

The Center is located in Northcote.
Address: 1/19 Arthurton Road, Northcote VIC 3070
Telephone: (03) 9481 3000
Fax: (03) 9481 3001
Website: http://www.islamicwomenswelfare.org.au/
Contact Page on Website