Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2016 – 2020
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA): Civil Society Statement to the Australian Government Calling for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability (June 2017) [DOC] [PDF]
In June 2017 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) coordinated a civil society statement to The Hon Malcom Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, calling for the immediate establishment of a Royal Commission into all forms of violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability. The Civil Society Statement was endorsed by over 160 organisations and 383 individuals. The statement was forward to the Prime Minister on 7th June 2017. Copyright WWDA 2017.
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA): Submission to the Review of Australia Fifth Periodic Report Under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (May 2017) [DOC] [PDF]
DPO Australia has worked with a coalition of Australian non-government organisations to prepare a report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This report will assist the Committee to review Australia’s progress in achieving economic, social and cultural rights for people in Australia. This review took place at the UN at the end of May 2017. Copyright DPO Australia 2017.
Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA): Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences: Country Visit to Australia (January 2017) [PDF] [DOC]
In January 2o17 WWDA prepared a submission on behalf of DPOA, to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonović. The submission was written to assist with informing the Special Rapporteur’s official visit to Australia from 13 to 27 February 2017. In addition, WWDA met with the Special Rapporteur in Hobart, Tasmania, to discuss the particular situation of Australian women and girls with disability and the multiple, systemic and intersectional forms of violence and discrimination they experience. Copyright WWDA 2016.
International human rights law condemns violence against women in all its forms, whether it occurs in the home, schools, in institutions, the workplace, the community or in other public and private institutions, and regardless of who perpetrates it. Yet violence against women and girls with disability, in all its forms, is a global epidemic which, regardless of country or context, remains largely unacknowledged and unaddressed. Copyright WWDA 2016.
Written by Karin Swift, this report details Karin’s experience at the Disability Arts and Cultural Network International Conference, Seoul, Korea in October 2016. The key themes of the conference were: The human rights crisis of women and girls with disability; and, Opinions and experiences of promoting the rights of women and girls with disability utilising UN mechanisms. Copyright WWDA 2016.
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA): Using a Holistic Human Rights Framework to Advance The Rights of Women and Girls with Disability: Presentation to Women With Disability Arts and Cultural Network International Conference, Seoul, Korea (October 2016). [PDF] [DOC] [PPT]
In October 2016, WWDA was invited to present at the Disability Arts and Cultural Network International (WWDACN) Conference in Seoul, Korea. With representatives from thirteen countries in attendance, the two day conference commemorated the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD). The conference theme was ‘The promotion of the rights of women and girls with disability by [the] UN CRPD’. The paper outlines how WWDA uses a holistic human rights framework to advance the rights of all women and girls with disability. In the decade since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), WWDA has made significant inroads to advancing the rights and freedoms of women and girls with disability. Utilising a holistic human rights framework in all aspects of our work has enabled us to conduct groundbreaking and critically acclaimed programs which address a wide range of human rights issues for women and girls with disability. Copyright WWDA 2016.
In early 2016, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Project Officer and WWDA Youth Network Manager, Cashelle Dunn, was selected as one of eighteen participants in the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI) Intensive Program. During July 2016, Cashelle participated in a pre-intensive Online Learning Program for three weeks. From the 8th to 19th of August 2016, Cashelle attended two- weeks of intensive classes held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. During the program all participants created Post- Intensive projects that aim to be implemented in the months after attending WHRI. All participants presented and discussed their proposed projects whilst in Toronto to lecturers and fellow participants. This report has been prepared to highlight Cashelle’s work and experiences during her participation both online and in Toronto. Copyright WWDA 2016.
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA): Submission To The Committee on The Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): Draft General Recommendation No. 19: Accelerating Elimination of Gender-Based Violence Against Women (September 2016) [PDF] [DOC]
In September 2016 WWDA made a brief submission to the Committee on The Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on the draft update of General Recommendation No. 19 which was developed in 1992. In our submission, WWDA strongly recommended that the CEDAW Draft General Recommendation No.19 [accelerating elimination of gender-based violence against women] make explicit that States are obliged to address all forms of violence against all women – regardless of the setting/place in which it occurs, and regardless of who perpetrates it. Copyright WWDA 2016.
Between January and August 2016 Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) conducted a six-month project to assess the adequacy and accessibility of 1800 RESPECT – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service for people living in Australia. In consultation with over 100 women and girls with disability from around Australia, the 1800 RESPECT: Improving Service Responses for Women with Disability Experiencing Violence project identified forty-three recommendations for making 1800 RESPECT more inclusive of, and responsive to, the needs of women and girls experiencing all forms of violence and abuse. The extensive report and the recommendations cover: (1) Future Directions: Whole of Government, (2) Service Conceptualisation, Model, Scope and Role, (3) Marketing and Communications, (4) Inclusive and Accessible Service Design, (5) Service Quality, Monitoring and Evaluation, (6) Referral and Response, (7) Data Collection and Use, (8) Collaboration and Innovation. Copyright WWDA 2016.