Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2011 – 2015


Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA): ‘Report from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 10th Session – Review of Australia’ – By Carolyn Frohmader (October 2013) [PDF] [Word]

In August 2013, WWDA Executive Director Carolyn Frohmader, was selected as a member of the six person ‘Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Delegation’ to represent the views of people with disabilities in Australia to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during its formal review of Australia’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Review took place during the CRPD Committee’s 10th Session in Geneva, 2-13 September 2013. Carolyn spent a week at the United Nations in Geneva, working with the CRPD Committee as a member of the Civil Society Parallel Report Group, as well as participating in a number of other events during the week. During her time in Geneva, Carolyn was also able to take up a range of opportunities to meet with several key stakeholders to specifically focus on WWDA’s work and also to provide advice and expertise on issues concerning women and girls with disabilities. This Report has been prepared by Carolyn to highlight her work and experiences during her time in Geneva. Copyright October 2013.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Policy Paper: ‘Assessing the situation of women with disabilities in Australia: A human rights approach'(July 2011) [PDF] [Word]

This Paper uses a human rights framework to document the range of data, research and information needed in order to give a comprehensive assessment of the situation of women with disabilities in Australia. The paper provides the context for this work by giving an overview of the intersection of gender and disability, as well as a brief background to the human rights imperative. Using key articles from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the paper then prescribes the key quantitative and qualitative data and research required under each article, and links this to Australia’s international human rights obligations and domestic policy context. Copyright WWDA July 2011.