In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020, we invited Elizabeth Broderick in for a chat, asking: Elizabeth, your UN mandate has just been to Chad, Honduras, Poland, Greece, Hungary and New York. What did you see?
And Elizabeth said: “The world is actually at a crossroads. What we're seeing is a real push back on not just women's rights and gender equality, but particularly LBGTIQ rights and indeed any form of human rights. We're in a period of regression – a strong push back – which is signalling a push back on democracy generally. In the places I visit, women's rights are often seen as progressive Western values, rather than as universal human rights.
I believe there's never been a more important time in the history of the world for all of us to mobilise; for decent people to come together and care about human rights.”
Elizabeth is the UN's special rapporteur on discrimination against women and girls and a member of the UN Working Group. Our wide-ranging conversation with Elizabeth, hosted by Ranna Alkadamani in Frasers Property Australia’s corporate head office in Sydney’s Rhodes, covered everyday sexism, radical feminism, fatherhood, Male Champions of Change and the ‘radical act’ of self care.