WWDA Executive Director Carolyn Frohmader gave evidence at Public Hearing 17, Part 1 (online) held on the 13th and 14th October, 2021.
As a witness on day 2 of the hearing, WWDA CEO Carolyn Frohmader gave evidence alongside Dr Linda Steele. Carolyn spoke about the denial of women and girls with disabilities access to sexual and reproductive rights, including forced and coerced sterilisation, abortion and contraception; denial of sexual expression, poor management of pregnancy and birth and exclusion from proper sexual and reproductive health and education.
“Two of the most critical issues in the context of the denial of sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls with disability are forced sterilisation and forced contraception.”
She also raised issues with group home settings for women with disabilities, where sexual and reproductive rights were at particular risk of interference.
A transcript of the hearing is available here: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/rounds/public-hearing-17-experience-women-and-girls-disability-particular-focus-family-domestic-and-sexual-violence-part-1
Part 2 of the hearing will be held 28th March until 1st April in Hobart, Tasmania and will be live streamed.
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