Australia to sign UN protocol for women’s rights

It looks like Australia will soon be making an admirable move regarding women’s rights:

The Federal Government says steps are being taken to sign a United Nations protocol that aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.

Signing the optional protocol would enable women to complain to the United Nations if Australia violates its obligations and domestic remedies have been exhausted.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland said, “We’re committed to the promotion and protection of women’s rights and making gender equality a reality in Australia.” He adds, “Obviously if we’re to promote the rights of women within our region we need to at least set the example domestically.”