Archive: Media and Representation

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 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…

Disability Groups Stand Together Against Transport Cuts

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“People with disability need more access to transport, not less” WWDA has joined with over 25 disability groups from across Australia to release a joint statement opposing cuts to vital transport funding for people with disability. The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Bill 2016 will restrict access…

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…

WWDA Speaks to Radio Atticus about Calls for Royal Commission into Disability Abuse

On International Day of People with Disability, 3rd December 2015, WWDA CEO Carolyn Frohmader was interviewed by Annemarie Reyes, producer of Radio Atticus, a law and justice radio show broadcast nationally on community radio, regarding recent calls for a Royal Commission into all forms of disability violence in Australia. An except is provided below. Access links below to listen…

The Guardian: UN Examines Australia’s Forced Sterilisation of Women with Disabilities

The UN human rights council listening to a speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in October. The council has been assessing Australia’s human right’s record. Photograph: Xu Jinquan/Xinhua Press/Corbis

WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader was recently interviewed by Bridie Jabour from the Guardian Australia during the Untied Nations Australia Universal Periodic Review. An excerpt of the article is provided below. The United Nations has raised concerns Australia is breaching the human rights of women with disabilities by allowing their forced sterilisation. Australia’s human rights record is being assessed by…

WWDA Webinar – Understanding Violence Against Women with Disabilities

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On Thursday 1st October 2015 WWDA presented a webinar on the topic of violence against women with disabilities. The webinar was convened by 1800RESPECT – Australia’s National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. Entitled ‘Understanding Violence Against Women With Disability’, the presentation and discussion provided an overview of the scope and prevalence of violence against women with disability,…