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Commission speaks up for homeless single women

Melbourne's Archdiocesan Commission for Justice Development and Peace Melbourne (CCJDP) has highlighted the plight of homeless single women, who it claims are "invisible in our society" and in need of "official attention".

The Commission has released an occasional paper written by Sue Casey of Melbourne University's School of Social Work and titled 'Single Women and Homelessness - Which Way is Home?'

Ms Casey's research shows women's pathways into homelessness are varied but require a response that incorporates a concern for their dignity and rights in line with Catholic Social Teaching.

The Commission's Executive Officer Marc Purcell points out in the Paper's Foreword that Australia has ratified the 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women that spells out women's right to housing.

He said: "While the Australian Government has not implemented this UN Convention into domestic legislation, there is a moral expectation that having ratified the UN Convention, Australian governments in the Federation will seek to undertake steps… by all appropriate means… to the maximum of its available resources and to achieve these rights progressively."

The Occasional paper builds on the joint report by the CCJDP and Catholic Social Services "A Voice for the Silent Strugglers - towards a Social Just Housing Option" 1997.



4 Apr 2002