WWDA Activity Workplan 2017-18

WWDA is pleased to present out Activity Work Plan for 2017-18.

WWDA’s Activity Work Plan for 2017-2018 embeds and reflects the key purpose of our organisation – to promote and advance the rights and freedoms of women and girls with disability.

The following year will see our organisation work hard to consolidate our role as a leader in the national and international gender equality and disability rights arenas. We will continue our transnational work and efforts, particularly with the United Nations agencies and processes, enabling and representing the collective interests of women and girls with disability.

We will strengthen our work to foster domestic implementation of the international human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, with a strong emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

We will develop, and contribute to, NGO Shadow Reporting processes to supplement the periodic reports that the Australian Government is required to submit under the human rights treaties to which it is a party.

WWDA, will, as always, continue our dedicated efforts to develop innovative, responsive initiatives that are centred on the priority issues identified by women and girls with disability.

WWDA’s Activity Work Plan 2017-2018 will see our organisation build on our key role in the production and dissemination of high quality information, publications resources, and research on issues relevant to women and girls with disability, particularly in the five key strategic priority areas identified by our members. We will continue to research, develop and publish WWDA Position Statements and resource materials to support the WWDA Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit, which can be utilised to inform and support the Australian Government to formulate and implement policies to give effect to domestic implementation of cross cutting Article 6 [Women with Disabilities] of the CRPD.

WWDA will work hard to secure project funds to re-develop our internationally recognised website and also to resource the WWDA Youth Network – an initiative of WWDA to specifically engage with, and build the capacity of young women with disability aged 13-30 years. WWDA will expand and enhance our social media and other relevant digital online platforms to extend the reach of our organisation, and will continue to promote communication and information to our members, potential members and stakeholders.

WWDA’s Activity Work Plan 2017-2018 details particular activities WWDA will undertake to enhance our organisations capacity to actively contribute to the Australian Government’s work to strengthen the provision of gender analysis, advice and mainstreaming across Government and ensure the voices of women and girls with disability are included in legislative and policy development all at levels.

In addition, WWDA is a founding member of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) – formerly known as the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA). DPO Australia is innovative intersectional alliance of national Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPO’s) in Australia. The founding member organisations of DPO Australia are: Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA); National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA); First People’s Disability Network Australia (FPDNA) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA). The key purpose of DPO Australia is to promote, protect and advance the human rights and freedoms of people with disability in Australia by working collaboratively on areas of shared interests, purposes and strategic priorities and opportunities. The DPO Australia Activity Work Plan Summary July 2016 – December 2017 is included as an Appendix to this document.

WWDA’s Work Plan 2017-2018 contains seven key objectives, detailed strategies to meet these objectives, and performance measures.

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