Archive: Media and Representation

WWDA at UN COSP12: Full Report

[Image: 1 person, Heidi la Paglia, standing in front of a packed room at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA]

This year Women With Disabilities Australia attended the 12th Conference of State Parties (COSP12) on the Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city. We were represented by Heidi la Paglia, as well as WWDA member and performance artist, Sarah Houboult. You can read the…

Royal Commission to Bring Justice for People with Disability

Royal Commission to Bring Justice for People with Disability 3 April 2019 People with disability welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to fully funding our Royal Commission, as revealed in the 2019-20 Budget. “We very much welcome the $527m allocated to our Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with…

UN Calls on Australia to End Forced Sterilisation

A solemn image of a woman's face and hair in profile, lit with purple lighting, against a black background. The words 'Doing nothing is not an option' appear in white type, centred above the Women with Disabilities Australia logo.

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

The International Symbol of Access (white wheelchair symbol on blue background) painted on an asphalt car parking space.

“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…