Former senator re-elected to United Nations committee

Keira Jenkins |

Former Australian senator Natasha Stott Despoja says she’s looking forward to working hard in her second term on a United Nations committee.

The author and domestic and family violence advocate was re-elected to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against women. 

Ms Stott Despoja expressed gratitude to her supporters in a post to the social media platform X on Saturday. 

The committee is made up of 23 independent human rights experts from around the world, aiming to combat gender discrimination. 

Foreign affairs minister Penny Wong commended Ms Stott Despoja’s work during her first four years on the committee, saying her leadership is pivotal in eliminating discrimination against women and girls.

“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 girl’s human rights,” Ms Wong said.

“She will be an important voice, as the only expert on the committee from the Pacific region.”

 Minister for women, Katy Gallagher also welcomed Ms Stott Despoja’s re-election, saying she will be an influential global leader for gender equality.

“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,” Ms Gallagher said.