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The Guardian: UN Examines Australia’s Forced Sterilisation of Women with Disabilities

WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader was recently interviewed by Bridie Jabour from the Guardian Australia during the Untied Nations Australia Universal Periodic Review. An excerpt of the article is provided below. The United Nations has raised concerns Australia is breaching the human rights of women with disabilities by allowing their forced sterilisation. Australia’s human rights record is being assessed by…

UNITED NATIONS: Serious Concerns About Human Rights Violations Against Australians with Disability

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 10 November 2015 UNITED NATIONS: Serious Concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) allowed member…

Finalists for 2015 National Disability Awards Announced

The Australian Government Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP today announced the selection of 27 finalists for the 2015 National Disability Awards. “The National Disability Awards have been set up to recognise the valuable contribution organisations and people make to improving the lives of people with disability in Australia,” Mr Porter said. “The…

WWDA ATTENDING UNFPA INTERNATIONAL EXPERT GROUP MEETING, URUGUAY

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…

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE WWDA YOUTH NETWORK

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women AND Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Invite you to attend OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE WWDA YOUTH NETWORK WHEN Thursday July 30th 2015 TIME 10.45am – 11.45am WHERE Australian Human Rights Commission Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney RSVP: cashelle@wwda.org.au by 24th July 2015 NB:…

WWDA News – Youth Network Launch

WWDA Youth Network is here! Join WWDA and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women at the official launch of the WWDA Youth Network!   WWDA YOUTH NETWORK LAUNCH WHEN Thursday July 30th 2015 TIME 10.45am – 11.45am WHERE Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney RSVP…

WWDA THINK-PIECE: ‘PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES: INTEGRATING A HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE’

Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Preventing Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities: Integrating A Human Rights Perspective’. By Carolyn Frohmader (WWDA), Associate Professor Leanne Dowse (UNSW) and Dr Aminath Didi (UNSW) (January 2015)[PDF] [Word] Current policies and discourses around addressing and preventing violence against women in Australia have locked us into a particular way of…

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FIGHT TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN

“In 2007, Alice Goltz gave birth to a baby girl. But before she left the hospital, she says two men from the Vermont Department of Children and Families walked into her room. A hospital nurse had tipped them off, she says. The men told Goltz that because of her disability, she couldn’t go home with…

WWDA SUBMISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF ADOLESCENTS

In early 2015, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child announced its decision to develop a General Comment (GC) on the Rights of Adolescents. The experiences, opportunities and challenges facing adolescents clearly varies widely across different regions and between different groups of adolescents. The Committee therefore sought submissions from interested bodies and…

WWDA Establishes Youth Network

The WWDA Youth Network, has officially commenced today with the opening of the WWDA Youth Network Facebook Page. The WWDA Youth Network aims to provide young women and girls with disabilities living in Australia with easy to understand human rights information; keep our followers up to date with events occurring in Australia and around the world…

Women With Disabilities Australia: Report from the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) 53rd Session – Review of Australia (November 2014)

In October 2014, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) successfully applied to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [Disability International Participation Funding Program] for a funding grant to enable a WWDA delegate (Cashelle Dunn) to represent the views and issues of women with disabilities in Australia to the Committee Against Torture during its formal review of…

New WWDA Paper for CSW58

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender…