Carolyn Frohmader from WWDA was invited to participate in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) International Expert Group meeting on the Youth and Disability Policies of Social Inclusion, Gender Equality, Non-Discrimination and Prevention of Sexual Violence initiative (2015-2018).

The initiative includes the development of an international program to strengthen policies that are inclusive, non-discriminatory, based on gender equality and the prevention of sexual violence directed at those who are subjected to it most often: youth and adolescents with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to identify, disseminate and address the violations of these rights among the population of youth and adolescents with disabilities. The goal is to develop and implement an innovative intervention model based on human rights and gender equality aligned with international standards.

WWDA was invited to participate due to WWDA’s internationally recognised expertise in the area and many years of work across the disability, violence and international human rights areas. Therese Sands, Co-CEO of People With Disabilities Australia (PWDA) will be accompanying Carolyn to the meeting.

Carolyn and Therese will be facilitating a number of workshops, panels and presentations regarding the work of WWDA, PWDA, and the WWDA Youth Network.

Carolyn and Therese will also present to international colleagues on the Australian Cross Disability Alliance model, including its work to advance the human rights of children and young people with disability.

The meeting of high level experts will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2015.

For more information, download the meeting concept note (DOC).