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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…

Media Release: Great NDIS and Job Support Wins, But Harsh Welfare Measures for People with Disability

WWDA and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes some big wins for people with disability in tonight’s Federal Government Budget, but is very concerned by the punitive approach to welfare support that will make life harder for those doing it tough, including people with disability. “We are extremely pleased to hear that an increase…

WWDA News April 13th 2017

WWDA’s latest weekly newsletter is is out now! Catch up on our latest human rights, policy and systemic advocacy activities, and find out about opportunities to have your say. To receive our newsletters direct to your email, visit our Facebook page and click Sign Up or visit http://www.wwda.org.au Access our newsletter

Latest Weekly Newsletter from WWDA

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WWDA’s latest weekly newsletter is is out now! Catch up on our latest human rights, policy and systemic advocacy activities, and find out about opportunities to have your say. To receive our newsletters direct to your email, visit our Facebook page and click Sign Up or visit http://www.wwda.org.au Access our newsletter

Disability Groups Call For Royal Commission Into Violence Against People With Disability

Tonight’s ABC Four Corners report, ‘Fighting the System’ exposed more evidence of the appalling levels of violence and abuse against people with disability in Australia.  This is only the tip of the iceberg. In light of the graphic and disturbing cases revealed this evening, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), calls on the Federal Government…

Disability Groups Stand Together Against Transport Cuts

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“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

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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!

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“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…