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Factsheet: The Status of Women and Girls with Disability In Australia 2018

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has prepared a brief factsheet on the status of women and girls with disability in Australia. The factsheet provides a broad and brief overview of  some of the key issues facing the 1 in 5 women who have a disability in Australia today. For more detailed information, you may also…

Call for Nominations – WWDA Management Committee

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) invites nominations from WWDA members who would like to become Management Committee Members. There are five vacancies on the Management Committee. Committee members will be appointed for a 3-year term beginning at the next Annual General Meeting in January 2019. Nominations must be received by 5:30pm on Tuesday 4 December…

Women with Disability Condemn White Ribbon Australia’s Withdrawal of Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights

UPDATE: Following community backlash, White Ribbon Australia have reversed the decision. WWDA remain concerned that White Ribbon need to ‘consult with stakeholders’ on an issue of fundamental human rights. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is disturbed and disappointed by White Ribbon Australia’s decision to withdraw its position statement on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The White Ribbon…

Joint Statement on Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability

Joint statement by Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). DPO Australia is comprised of People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First People’s Disability Network (FPDN), Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). Violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability, including children…

Media Release: Royal Commission Welcome, But Must Include People with Disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcome today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care, with the inclusion of young people with disability who live in nursing homes. This is a critical opportunity for the many thousands of older people with disability to have their voices heard and obtain justice for the violence, abuse,…

Opinion: The Sterilisation of Girls with Disability: The State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights

‘The Sterilisation of Girls with Disability: The State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights’ provides an in-depth ethical and legal examination of Australia’s failure to enact legislation to protect the human rights of young women and girls with disability in relation to forced and coerced sterilisation. The paper was researched and written by WWDA Youth Network…

Submission: Response to Australia’s Draft Sixth Periodic Report Under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

A woman's hand grasps a chain link fence.

In September 2018, WWDA made a submission to the Australian Government in response to their Draft Sixth Periodic Report Under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The brief Submission from WWDA highlights two key issue areas for consideration by the Attorney‑General’s Department for the purposes of finalising…

UN CRPD and CEDAW Committees Call for Guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women with Disabilities

States parties have an obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of women, including women with disabilities, in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. CRPD + CEDAW Joint Statement 2018

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) have released a joint statement on the need for all states parties to guarentee sexual and reproductive health and rights for all women, in particular women with disabilities. The statement…

Announcement: Management Committee Changes

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is sad to announce that Karin Swift has stood down from the role of WWDA President. We are happy to announce that Karin will stay on as a Management Committee Member. Karin has provided exceptional leadership and support to WWDA over many years in her various roles as President, Vice-President…