The Optional Protocol to CEDAW website
The Optional Protocol to CEDAW website was created by Simone Cusack in January 2012 in response to the lack of information about the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Optional Protocol to CEDAW). The website and twitter account aim to:
- improve awareness of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW;
- promote the Optional Protocol to CEDAW as a tool for addressing violations of women’s human rights;
- provide a central hub of resources and information related to the Optional Protocol to CEDAW;
- assist women wishing to use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW to obtain redress for violations of their human rights;
- provide an opportunity to contribute to debate about the Optional Protocol to CEDAW; and
- promote the cross-fertilisation of women’s human rights jurisprudence.
In May 2012, the website partnered with the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law. Under the partnership, a number of student interns are researching and summarising Optional Protocol decisions. Their important work will ensure that summaries of all Optional Protocol decisions are available on the website.
Simone Cusack works at the Australian Human Rights Commission (but is currently on secondment).* She holds a B.A./LL.B. (Hons.) from Monash University, Australia and a LL.M. from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has published and lectured on a range of human rights issues, including the Optional Protocol, and is co-author (with Professor Rebecca J. Cook) of Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). *The website is published in Simone’s personal capacity and does not express the views of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Rebecca J. Cook & Simone Cusack, Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) (cloth and paperback) (288 pp.)
Spanish translation: Estereotipos de Género: Perspectivas Legales Transnacionales, traducido por: Andrea Parra, 291 pp (Bogota: Profamilia Colombia, 2011) (291 pp.) Tabla de Contenido
Award: Nominated for American Society of International Law’s “Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship” (2010)
Simone Cusack, Mechanisms for Advancing Women’s Human Rights: A Guide to Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and Other International Complaint Mechanisms (Australian Human Rights Commission, 2011)
Simone Cusack, “The CEDAW as a Legal Framework for Transnational Discourses on Gender Stereotyping,” in Anne Hellum & Henriette Sinding Aasen, eds., Women’s Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 124
Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “Combating Discrimination against Women,” in Catarina Krause & Martin Scheinin, eds., International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook, 2nd ed. (Turku: Åbo Akademi University, Institute for Human Rights, 2012), 211-242 (32 pp.)
Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “Combating Discrimination Based on Sex and Gender,” in Catarina Krause & Martin Scheinin, eds., International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook (Turku: Åbo Akademi University, Institute for Human Rights, 2009), 205-226 (22 pp.)
Rebecca J. Cook & Simone Cusack, “Women’s Rights,” in Rhona K. M. Smith & Christien van der Anker, eds., Essential Guide to Human Rights (London: Hodder Arnold, 2005), 366-369 (4 pp.)
Simone Cusack & Lisa Pusey, “CEDAW and the Rights to Non-Discrimination and Equality” (2013) 14(1) Melbourne Journal of International Law 54 (39 pp.)
Simone Cusack & Alexandra Timmer, “Gender Stereotyping in Rape Cases: The CEDAW Committee’s Decision in Vertido v The Philippines” (2011) 11(2) Human Rights Law Review 329-342 (14 pp.)
Rebecca J. Cook, Simone Cusack & Bernard M. Dickens, “Unethical Female Stereotyping in Reproductive Health“ (2010) 109 International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 255-258 (4 pp.)
Spanish translation: Rebecca J. Cook, Simone Cusack y Bernard M. Dickens, “La Estereotipación Poco Ética de la Mujer en la Salud Reproductiva,” Traducido por Sandra Dughman (revised edition by CIDE Law School). Texto traducido y reproducido con autorización de la Federación Internacional de Ginecología y Obstetricia (FIGO)
Reprinted and translated: Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens y Simone Cusack, “La Estereotipación Poco Ética de la Mujer en la Salud Reproductiva,” Discusiones sobre Genero, Sexualidad y Derecho: Taller 2010, ed. Alejandro Madrazo, Estefanía Vela, y Cecilia Garibi. (Mexico D.F.: Fontamara, 2013) 123-134
Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “Stereotyping Women in the Health Sector: Lessons from CEDAW” (2009) 16(1) Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 47-78 (32 pp.)
Simone Cusack, “Discrimination against Women: Eliminating its Compounded and Systemic Forms” (2009) 34(2) Alternative Law Journal 86-91 (6 pp.)
Simone Cusack & Cecilia Riebl, “International Human Rights Law in Australian Courts: A Role for Amici Curiae and Interveners” (2006) 31(3) Alternative Law Journal 122- 126 (5 pp.)
Simone Cusack, “The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women: A Commentary” (Marsha A. Freeman, Christine Chinkin & Beate Rudolf (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) (2013) 35 Human Rights Quarterly 251
Simone Cusack and Lisa Pusey, “Women’s Human Rights and Culture: From Deadlock to Dialogue” (Rikki Holtmaat & Jonneke Naber, Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010), (2012) 34 Human Rights Quarterly 583-586 (11 pp.)
Simone Cusack and Rebecca J. Cook, “’Honour’: Crimes, Paradigms, and Violence against Women” (Lynn Welchman & Sara Hossain (eds.), London: Zed Books; Melbourne: Spinifex, 2005) (2007) 29(2) Human Rights Quarterly 524-533 (10 pp.)
Unpublished Reports and Papers
Simone Cusack, “Gender Stereotyping as a Human Rights Violation: Research Report,” Prepared for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2013)
Simone Cusack, “Strategies for Addressing Gender Stereotyping: Policy Paper,” Prepared for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2013)
Simone Cusack, “Advancing Sexual Health and Human Rights in the Western Pacific,” WHO Working Paper (Geneva: World Health Organization and International Council on Human Rights Policy, 2010)
Do you have information on OP CEDAW that you would like included on the blog?
If you have information on OP CEDAW (e.g., scholarship, communications, requests for inquiry, amicus briefs) that you would like included on the website, please email the relevant material to simone_cusack [AT] yahoo [DOT] com
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Last updated: 16 November 2013