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Annual Report 2016-17

WWDA Annual Report 2016/17 Coverpage

WWDA is pleased to release our Annual Report for the 2016/17 financial year. The 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 2016 – 30th June 2017. The Report demonstrates the breadth, scope and…

WWDA Joins Civil Society Groups Welcoming Australia’s Ratification of Torture Treaty

WWDA joins with our civil society colleagues in welcoming the Commonwealth Attorney General’s announcement that Australia had ratified an international human rights treaty known as the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). “Ratification of this treaty is a highly significant moment in protecting the rights of the most segregated and isolated people…

Report: DPO Australia Delegation to Geneva for Australia Review Under Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

In October 2017, WWDA and our DPO Australia colleagues joined a delegation of non-government representatives in Geneva to brief the UN Human Rights Committee – the panel of independent human rights experts tasked with assessing Australia’s adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The review took place at the Office of…

Rosemary Kayess Australian Nominee for UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

WWDA Congratulates Rosemary Kayess who has been nominated by Australia as a candidate for election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2019-2022 term. The CRPD is an important human rights treaty body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Elections to…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 31 August 2017

‘Being in control of our supports and other tales of irony’ In a recent article in the CRU – Community Resource Unit Ltd.publication, CRUcial Times, WWDA President Karin Swift wrote about what being in control of her formal disability supports is like and how this intersects with her professional and personal life. Drawing on her experiences,…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – August 3 2017

WWDA Activity Work Plan 2017 to 2018 WWDA is pleased to present out Activity Work Plan for 2017-18. WWDA’s Activity Work Plan for 2017-2018 embeds and reflects the key purpose of our organisation – to promote and advance the rights and freedoms of women and girls with disability.   Read more: WWDA Activity Work Plan…

WWDA Activity Workplan 2017-18

WWDA is pleased to present out Activity Work Plan for 2017-18. WWDA’s Activity Work Plan for 2017-2018 embeds and reflects the key purpose of our organisation – to promote and advance the rights and freedoms of women and girls with disability. The following year will see our organisation work hard to consolidate our role as a…

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…