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Position paper: The Status of Women and Girls with Disability in Australia

In 1995, the United Nations in Beijing, China held the Fourth World Conference on Women where all attending nations agreed to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA). The BPFA was a landmark agreement. It sets strategic objectives and actions for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality in 12 critical…

WWDA at UN COSP12: Full Report

This year Women With Disabilities Australia attended the 12th Conference of State Parties (COSP12) on the Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city. We were represented by Heidi la Paglia, as well as WWDA member and performance artist, Sarah Houboult. You can read the…

Have Your Say: Consultation Survey Launched for United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Shadow Report

A civil society CRPD Shadow Report Working Group, made up of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), disability representative and advocacy organisations is now preparing the second civil society Shadow Report and an online survey is available here for people with disability to have their say. For Organisations DPO’s, disability representative and advocacy organisations are encouraged to…

Royal Commission to Bring Justice for People with Disability

People with disability welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to fully funding our Royal Commission, as revealed in the 2019-20 Budget. “We very much welcome the $527m allocated to our Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability, in tonight’s Budget,” said Matthew Bowden, Co-CEO of People with Disability…

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Expert Advisory Panel!

WWDA is seeking expert advisors for the Virtual Centre Women and Girls with Disability Australia (WWDA) has received funding to develop a new Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. The Virtual Centre will be a one-stop website that provides accessible, relevant and high-quality information and resources for women and girls with disability on their rights to:…

WWDA Announces New Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability

Women with Disabilities Australia is excited to announce that it has received funding from the NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme under the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program to create a Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. The Virtual Centre will be an online one-stop shop for accessible, inclusive and practical resources…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

WWDA Submission to Australia’s Review Under CEDAW

This week the United Nations is reviewing Australia’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ngila Bevan is over in Geneva this week representing Women with Disabilities Australia and People with Disability Australia on the key issues facing women and girls with disability. WWDA made a submission…

Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at WWDA! Today, we celebrate the generations of women and girls with disability who have and continue to lead change in their communities, and across the world. We fondly remember those women in our communities who passed away this past year. Without the courage and perseverance of…

WWDA Joins Civil Society Groups Welcoming Australia’s Ratification of Torture Treaty

WWDA joins with our civil society colleagues in welcoming the Commonwealth Attorney General’s announcement that Australia had ratified an international human rights treaty known as the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). “Ratification of this treaty is a highly significant moment in protecting the rights of the most segregated and isolated people…

Report: DPO Australia Delegation to Geneva for Australia Review Under Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

In October 2017, WWDA and our DPO Australia colleagues joined a delegation of non-government representatives in Geneva to brief the UN Human Rights Committee – the panel of independent human rights experts tasked with assessing Australia’s adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The review took place at the Office of…

International Day to End Violence Against Women 2017

November 25 marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today also marks the beginning of UN Women‘s #16days of activism campaign which aims to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. Beginning today, WWDA will be joining the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign…

Rosemary Kayess Australian Nominee for UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

WWDA Congratulates Rosemary Kayess who has been nominated by Australia as a candidate for election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2019-2022 term. The CRPD is an important human rights treaty body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Elections to…

Journal Article: Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Is Australia Meeting its Human Rights Obligations

Australia has developed a National Disability Strategy and a National Plan of Action on Violence Against Women in response to its international human rights commitments. Neither the Strategy nor the Plan, however, appears to adequately address violence against women with disabilities. Violence disproportionately affects women with disabilities as they are uniquely vulnerable to forms of…

Submission: List of issues to be adopted during the 18th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has prepared a submission for and on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The submission is a proposed List of Issues to be adopted at the Committee’s 18th session (14th August to 1st September 2018), in respect to Australia’s compliance…

WWDA Attains Special Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is excited to announce that we have received Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ECOSOC is the main mechanism through which established non-government organisations like WWDA can directly contribute to, and play a role in, advancing United Nations goals and objectives. ECOSOC is the…

Happy International Women’s Day!

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD)(March 8) – a global day for unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The theme for this year’s…

Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Releases Initial Findings from Country Visit to Australia

Dubravka Šimonović, the UN Special Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, has completed her official mission to Australia. She presented her initial findings in Canberra yesterday. In her statement, Ms Šimonović noted that ‘Australia remains a democratic nation without comprehensive constitutional or legislative protection of basic human rights at a federal…

Report on CRPD 10 Years Conference, Seoul, Korea

WWDA has an international reputation as a leader in the promotion of human rights for women and girls with disability. In August 2016, WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader, was invited to speak at an International Conference: Promotion of the Rights of Women and Girls with Disability by the UN CRPD in Seoul, South Korea from…

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…

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…

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…