About

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the award winning, national Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) for women and girls with all types of disability in Australia. As a DPO, WWDA is managed and run by women with disability, for women and girls with disability.

WWDA represents more than two million disabled women and girls in Australia. We have affiliate organisations and networks of women with disability in most States and Territories of Australia and we are internationally recognised.

All of our work is grounded in a human rights-based framework that links gender and disability issues to civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

To promote the rights of women and girls with disability, WWDA takes part in a range of system advocacy activities. WWDA’s work seeks to support and empower women and girls with disability, while also creating greater awareness among governments and other relevant institutions about their obligations to do so.

To learn more about WWDA and how it has evolved over the years, read Our History.

Awards

  • Winner, National Human Rights Award 2001
  • Winner, National Violence Prevention Award 1999
  • Winner, Tasmanian Women’s Safety Award 2008
  • Certificate of Merit, Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Awards 2008
  • Nominee, French Republic’s Human Rights Prize 2003
  • Nominee, UN Millennium Peace Prize for Women 2000
  • Nominee, National Disability Awards 2017
Image: black silhouette of 5 different women, one in a wheelchair on a pink background.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of WWDA is to promote, protect and advance the human rights and freedoms of women and girls with disability in Australia.

The objectives of WWDA are to:

  • Promote the participation of women with disability in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life;
  • Advocate on issues of concern to women with disability in Australia and internationally; and
  • Be the national representative organisation for women with disability in Australia.

To learn more about the aims, objectives and governance structure of WWDA, you can download:


Image above: Balloons spelling WWDA at one of WWDA’s events.

Disabled Peoples Organisation Australia (DPOA)

We are a founding member of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia, along with First Peoples Disability NetworkNational Ethnic Disability Alliance and People with Disability Australia.


Women With Disability State Organisations

Women With Disability organisations and networks exist in some of the states in Australia, including Women With Disabilities ACT, Women With Disabilities VIC, Women With Disabilities WA and Women With Disabilities SA.


Join WWDA

There are a number of ways you can join and support Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA). Find out more on the Join WWDA page.


Explore

WWDA has created or helped to create some great resources for women with disability. Find out more on the Explore page.