Archive: Violence and Abuse

Joint Statement on Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability

Joint statement by Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). DPO Australia is comprised of People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First People’s Disability Network (FPDN), Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). Violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability, including children…

Media Release: Royal Commission Welcome, But Must Include People with Disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcome today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care, with the inclusion of young people with disability who live in nursing homes. This is a critical opportunity for the many thousands of older people with disability to have their voices heard and obtain justice for the violence, abuse,…

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…

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…

Media Release: Royal Commission Urgently Needed to Shine Light on Violence Against People with Disability

People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. “We’re seeing how powerful a Royal Commission is in exposing huge problems, and illegal behaviour, in the banking and finance industry right now,” said Ms Bonnie Millen, President…

Opinion: System Failure? Critical Reflections on the Australian National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 – Ruby Grant

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In November 2017, Ruby Grant attended the National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 in Sydney, Australia, on behalf of Women with Disabilities Australia. WWDA member, Sarah Houbolt also attended and presented at the forum. In this opinion piece, Ruby provides an overview of the Summit’s central themes and critically reflects on the inclusion and…

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…

Civil Society Statement: Call for Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse Against People with Disability

A broad range of organisations have expressed their support for the call for a Royal Commission into abuse and violence against people with disability. Over 160 civil society organisations and 380 individuals endorsed our Civil Society Statement to the Prime Minster calling for an immediate Royal Commission. The endorsed statement was forwarded to the Prime…