Archive: News Bulletins

Vale Joan Hume OAM

A portrait shot of Joan with her looking directly towards the camera

WWDA was deeply saddened to learn of the death on 10th March 2017 of one of our esteemed founding and life members, Ms Joan Hume, OAM. Joan played a pivotal role in WWDA’s early development, as Editor of WWDA’s first ever Newsletter (published in May 1992) and in WWDA’s transition – from a small network of…

Report: WWDA National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability: Proceedings and Outcomes

The WWDA National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability was held in Melbourne on 6 April 2016, at the Medibank Head Office building in Docklands. The Forum was made possible through one-off Project funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Department of Social Services, plus extensive in-kind support provided…

WWDA Presenting Paper at International Conference Commemorating 10 Years of the CRPD

  This week WWDA Board Member Karin Swift will be presenting at the Disability Arts and Cultural Network International (WWDACN) Conference in Seoul, Korea. With representatives from thirteen countries in attendance, the two day conference commemorates the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD). The conference theme is ‘The promotion of…

WWDA News October 2016

WWDA Submission to UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) WWDA recently made a submission to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women who are currently reviewing General Recommendation No. 19 (Violence against women) which was originally written in 1992. Under Article 21 of…

Making 1800RESPECT More Accessible for Women and Girls with Disability

Improving Service Responses for Women with Disability Experiencing Violence; A project partnership between WWDA and Medibank Health Solutions

Between January and August 2016 Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) conducted a six-month project to assess the adequacy and accessibility of 1800RESPECT – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service for people living in Australia. In consultation with over 100 women and girls with disability from around Australia, the 1800RESPECT: Improving Service…

UN Committee on the CRPD Release General Comment on Article 6: Women With Disability

The United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have released a draft General Comment on Article 6 of the convention: Women with disabilities.   General Comments provide a detailed interpretation of an article or issue relating to the convention. These formal documents provide guidance to States Parties, including…

Opinion: Unfettered Ability – Cheryl McDonnell

Unfettered Ability

Written by Cheryl McDonnell 22 June 2016 (c) 2016 Cheryl McDonnell Download: Unfettered Ability [PDF] Unfettered Ability [DOC] Unfettered Ability [RTF] Being the parent of a woman with severe disabilities involves challenging and changing learning curves. In 2010, I resumed the care and responsibility of my daughter who was then 22 years old. She had…