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Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at WWDA! Today, we celebrate the generations of women and girls with disability who have and continue to lead change in their communities, and across the world. We fondly remember those women in our communities who passed away this past year. Without the courage and perseverance of…

WWDA Survey: The Right to Health

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What’s your experience of accessing healthcare? We would like to hear from our members and friends about the healthcare accessibility issues that are important to you. We’ve made a quick survey that will take around 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will help inform WWDA’s written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – January 22 2018

WWDA News New Year Updates from WWDA WWDA has hit the ground running in 2018. We were buoyed by the news just before Christmas that our tender for 2.5 years Disability Representative Organisation (DRO) funding from the Department of Social Services was successful. Without this operational funding we could not continue our systemic advocacy work…

Opinion: System Failure? Critical Reflections on the Australian National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 – Ruby Grant

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In November 2017, Ruby Grant attended the National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 in Sydney, Australia, on behalf of Women with Disabilities Australia. WWDA member, Sarah Houbolt also attended and presented at the forum. In this opinion piece, Ruby provides an overview of the Summit’s central themes and critically reflects on the inclusion and…

Annual Report 2016-17

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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…