Archive: Gender

UN Calls on Australia to End Forced Sterilisation

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WWDA welcomes UN calls for Australia to abolish forced and coerced sterilisation of women and girls with disability, and people with intersex characteristics. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) made the recommendation in their Concluding Observations on Australia’s progress toward ending discrimination against women, released this week. The practice continues unabated,…

WWDA Submission to Australia’s Review Under CEDAW

This week the United Nations is reviewing Australia’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ngila Bevan is over in Geneva this week representing Women with Disabilities Australia and People with Disability Australia on the key issues facing women and girls with disability. WWDA made a submission…

Journal Article: Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Is Australia Meeting its Human Rights Obligations

Australia has developed a National Disability Strategy and a National Plan of Action on Violence Against Women in response to its international human rights commitments. Neither the Strategy nor the Plan, however, appears to adequately address violence against women with disabilities. Violence disproportionately affects women with disabilities as they are uniquely vulnerable to forms of…

Happy International Women’s Day!

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“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD)(March 8) – a global day for unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The theme for this year’s…

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…

DPOA Letter of Complaint to ABC News, 12 December 2016

WWDA has prepared and sent the following letter of complaint to the ABC on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) in regard to a recent article published on the ABC News website. UPDATE: The ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs department reviewed the complaint and found that the story did not breach the ABC’s standards for ‘privacy,  ‘harm’ and ‘offence’.…

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…

WWDA Attending Women’s Human Rights Education Institute Intensive Program, Toronto, Canada, August 2016

WWDA’s Youth Network Manager Cashelle Dunn has been accepted into the prestigious Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI) Intensive three-part program. Part 1 is a three-week online learning program in July, 2016. Part 2 is a two-week intensive held in Toronto, Canada, from August 8th-19th, 2016. Part 3 is a three-week post-institute online learning program…

WWDA Co-Host International Launch of Global Program for Young People with Disability

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) global program for young people with disability: “WE DECIDE: A Programme for Equal Opportunities and a Life Free of Violence” was officially launched at the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Person’s with Disabilities in New York in June 2016, WWDA was honoured…