Natasha Stott Despoja has been re-elected to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. 

This committee, composed of 23 independent human rights experts from around the world, monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

The Convention is a significant instrument aimed at combating gender discrimination and fostering progress toward gender equality globally. It is designed to ensure women's rights to equal access to political and public life, education, health, and employment.

Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has praised Ms Stott Despoja's contributions during her initial four-year term on the committee. 

“Ms Stott Despoja’s leadership is pivotal to eliminating discrimination against women and girls globally, in our region and at home,” Wong says. 

“Through her understanding of international law and treaties, Ms Stott Despoja will be a strong force in the fight to protect and promote women and girls' human rights. She will be an important voice, as the only expert on the committee from the Pacific region.”

Senator Katy Gallagher, Minister for Women, also welcomed the re-election, highlighting Australia's ongoing commitment to advancing women's rights. 

“Ms Stott Despoja’s re-election to the committee will enable her to continue work to improve the lives of women around the world, and bring back insights and lessons for us to use as we work towards gender equality at home in Australia,” Gallagher said. 

“In her second term on the committee, she will be an influential global leader for gender equality and advocate for women and girls’ human rights everywhere.”

Ms Stott Despoja's second term on the committee will commence on 1 January 2025, where she will continue to serve in her personal capacity.