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Media Release: Action urgently needed to stop violence against women with disability

Violence against women with disability occurs at alarming levels in Australia: at least twice the rate of other women. Today, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) calls for urgent action to address the human rights violation that is violence against women with disability. DPO Australia…

WWDA Presenting Paper at International Conference Commemorating 10 Years of the CRPD

  This week WWDA Board Member Karin Swift will be presenting at the Disability Arts and Cultural Network International (WWDACN) Conference in Seoul, Korea. With representatives from thirteen countries in attendance, the two day conference commemorates the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD). The conference theme is ‘The promotion of…

WWDA News October 2016

WWDA Submission to UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) WWDA recently made a submission to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women who are currently reviewing General Recommendation No. 19 (Violence against women) which was originally written in 1992. Under Article 21 of…

Media Release: WWDA funding boost to mark International Day of the Girl Child

WWDA is excited to announce that Federal Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has today announced a additional funding for WWDA totalling $42,500 to undertake a project that directly supports and benefits young women and girls with disability. The announcement comes on International Day of the Girl Child, a global event recognising the…

Making 1800RESPECT More Accessible for Women and Girls with Disability

Improving Service Responses for Women with Disability Experiencing Violence; A project partnership between WWDA and Medibank Health Solutions

Between January and August 2016 Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) conducted a six-month project to assess the adequacy and accessibility of 1800RESPECT – 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 1800RESPECT: Improving Service…

UN Committee on the CRPD Release General Comment on Article 6: Women With Disability

The United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have released a draft General Comment on Article 6 of the convention: Women with disabilities.   General Comments provide a detailed interpretation of an article or issue relating to the convention. These formal documents provide guidance to States Parties, including…

Opinion: Unfettered Ability – Cheryl McDonnell

Unfettered Ability

Written by Cheryl McDonnell 22 June 2016 (c) 2016 Cheryl McDonnell Download: Unfettered Ability [PDF] Unfettered Ability [DOC] Unfettered Ability [RTF] Being the parent of a woman with severe disabilities involves challenging and changing learning curves. In 2010, I resumed the care and responsibility of my daughter who was then 22 years old. She had…

WWDA Attending Women’s Human Rights Education Institute Intensive Program, Toronto, Canada, August 2016

WWDA’s Youth Network Manager Cashelle Dunn has been accepted into the prestigious Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI) Intensive three-part program. Part 1 is a three-week online learning program in July, 2016. Part 2 is a two-week intensive held in Toronto, Canada, from August 8th-19th, 2016. Part 3 is a three-week post-institute online learning program…

WWDA Co-Host International Launch of Global Program for Young People with Disability

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) global program for young people with disability: “WE DECIDE: A Programme for Equal Opportunities and a Life Free of Violence” was officially launched at the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Person’s with Disabilities in New York in June 2016, WWDA was honoured…