In its Concluding Observations on Australia’s reports, the UN CRC Committee expressed concerns about a number of areas related to transgender and gender diverse children and young people and made a series of recommendations about the protection of their rights. These reflect the interpretation of the CRC outlined in General Comment 20 of the Committee on the implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence.
The current debates in Australia over the protection of the rights of transgender children and young people, and the discrimination they face provides the context for the theme of this webinar. Dr Georgina Dimopoulos from the Swinburne Law School reflected on the Family Court of Australia's approach to the medical treatment of children and young people experiencing gender dysphoria. Young transgender activist Theodore Boltman commented on the attempts to discriminate against transgender children and young people on religious grounds.