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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…

Vale Joan Hume OAM

WWDA was deeply saddened to learn of the death on 10th March 2017 of one of our esteemed founding and life members, Ms Joan Hume, OAM. Joan played a pivotal role in WWDA’s early development, as Editor of WWDA’s first ever Newsletter (published in May 1992) and in WWDA’s transition – from a small network of…

Happy International Women’s Day!

A portrait of a woman's face, eyes closed, her hand raised up to her face. The woman's face is lit with bold neon colours. The words March 8, International Women's Day and the #BeBoldForChange hashtag appear in bright text next to the image. The WWDA logo and IWD logo are centred in the bottom left of the image.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD)(March 8) – a global day for unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The theme for this year’s…

Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Releases Initial Findings from Country Visit to Australia

Dubravka Šimonović, the UN Special Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, has completed her official mission to Australia. She presented her initial findings in Canberra yesterday. In her statement, Ms Šimonović noted that ‘Australia remains a democratic nation without comprehensive constitutional or legislative protection of basic human rights at a federal…

WWDA Strategic Plan 2017-2021

WWDA Strategic Plan

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is pleased to release our next Strategic Plan for the period 2017 to 2021. Our Strategic Plan reflects our fierce commitment to promoting and advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all women with disability. Our plan for the next five years, like all of our work, is grounded in a…

Report: WWDA National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability: Proceedings and Outcomes

The WWDA National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability was held in Melbourne on 6 April 2016, at the Medibank Head Office building in Docklands. The Forum was made possible through one-off Project funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Department of Social Services, plus extensive in-kind support provided…

DPOA Letter of Complaint to ABC News, 12 December 2016

WWDA has prepared and sent the following letter of complaint to the ABC on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) in regard to a recent article published on the ABC News website. Dear Ms Guthrie Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s)[1] that collectively represent millions…

WWDA Annual Report 2015-2016

WWDA Annual Report 2015-16

  WWDA are pleased to release our Annual Report for the 2015-2016 financial year. This Annual Report provides a summary snapshot of just some of WWDA’s key projects and activities at the international and national level for the financial year reporting period 1st July 2015 – 30th June 2016. The Report demonstrates the breadth, scope and high…