Archive: News Bulletins

Call for Nominations – WWDA Management Committee

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) invites nominations from WWDA members who would like to become Management Committee Members. There are five vacancies on the Management Committee. Committee members will be appointed for a 3-year term beginning at the next Annual General Meeting in January 2019. Nominations must be received by 5:30pm on Tuesday 4 December…

Women with Disability Condemn White Ribbon Australia’s Withdrawal of Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights

UPDATE: Following community backlash, White Ribbon Australia have reversed the decision. WWDA remain concerned that White Ribbon need to ‘consult with stakeholders’ on an issue of fundamental human rights. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is disturbed and disappointed by White Ribbon Australia’s decision to withdraw its position statement on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The White Ribbon…

Media Release: Royal Commission Welcome, But Must Include People with Disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcome today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care, with the inclusion of young people with disability who live in nursing homes. This is a critical opportunity for the many thousands of older people with disability to have their voices heard and obtain justice for the violence, abuse,…

UN CRPD and CEDAW Committees Call for Guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women with Disabilities

States parties have an obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of women, including women with disabilities, in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. CRPD + CEDAW Joint Statement 2018

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) have released a joint statement on the need for all states parties to guarentee sexual and reproductive health and rights for all women, in particular women with disabilities. The statement…

Announcement: Management Committee Changes

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is sad to announce that Karin Swift has stood down from the role of WWDA President. We are happy to announce that Karin will stay on as a Management Committee Member. Karin has provided exceptional leadership and support to WWDA over many years in her various roles as President, Vice-President…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 31 May 2018

WWDA News Welcome! Here’s the latest news from WWDA. Keep up to date with WWDA on Facebook, Twitter and our Website. Policy and Submissions We are preparing a submission to Australia’s review under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We are preparing feedback on the latest draft of…

Media Release: Royal Commission Urgently Needed to Shine Light on Violence Against People with Disability

People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. “We’re seeing how powerful a Royal Commission is in exposing huge problems, and illegal behaviour, in the banking and finance industry right now,” said Ms Bonnie Millen, President…

WWDA Performance Report July 2016 to December 2017

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Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is pleased to release our Performance Report for the period 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2017. Our Performance Report focuses on major activities undertaken by WWDA during the reporting period. These activities are detailed under each of the seven key objectives contained in WWDA’s Work Activity Plan. Activities include…

WWDA Meets with Researcher To Talk Sexual Citizenship and Disability

Last week, founding WWDA member Helen Meekosha met with Dr Julia Bahner, a researcher from the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, to discuss WWDA’s ongoing work in the sexual and reproductive rights space. Dr Bahner’s current research focuses on sexual citizenship and disability. She is exploring disability organisations’ advocacy on sexual…