Archive: United Nations

Opinion: The Sterilisation of Girls with Disability: The State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights

‘The Sterilisation of Girls with Disability: The State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights’ provides an in-depth ethical and legal examination of Australia’s failure to enact legislation to protect the human rights of young women and girls with disability in relation to forced and coerced sterilisation. The paper was researched and written by WWDA Youth Network…

Submission: Response to Australia’s Draft Sixth Periodic Report Under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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In September 2018, WWDA made a submission to the Australian Government in response to their Draft Sixth Periodic Report Under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The brief Submission from WWDA highlights two key issue areas for consideration by the Attorney‑General’s Department for the purposes of finalising…

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…

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…

WWDA Survey: Access to Healthcare: Summary Report

In March 2018, WWDA conducted a short survey to ask our members and friends about healthcare accessibility. We’ve compiled a brief summary report of your responses from the survey. We’ve sent this summary report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ to help inform her report on right of…

WWDA Survey: The Right to Health

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What’s your experience of accessing healthcare? We would like to hear from our members and friends about the healthcare accessibility issues that are important to you. We’ve made a quick survey that will take around 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will help inform WWDA’s written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the…

Report: DPO Australia Delegation to Geneva for Australia Review Under Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

In October 2017, WWDA and our DPO Australia colleagues joined a delegation of non-government representatives in Geneva to brief the UN Human Rights Committee – the panel of independent human rights experts tasked with assessing Australia’s adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The review took place at the Office of…

Rosemary Kayess Australian Nominee for UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

WWDA Congratulates Rosemary Kayess who has been nominated by Australia as a candidate for election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2019-2022 term. The CRPD is an important human rights treaty body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Elections to…

Submission: List of issues to be adopted during the 18th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has prepared a submission for and on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The submission is a proposed List of Issues to be adopted at the Committee’s 18th session (14th August to 1st September 2018), in respect to Australia’s compliance…

WWDA Attains Special Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is excited to announce that we have received Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ECOSOC is the main mechanism through which established non-government organisations like WWDA can directly contribute to, and play a role in, advancing United Nations goals and objectives. ECOSOC is the…