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A report on the Our Site website project is now available!

The Our Site report provides a comprehensive overview of how the Our Site website was developed with the input of over 100 women with disability across Australia. An Easy Read summary of the report is also available. Our Site was created by and for women with disability through a national two-year project led by WWDA.…

Easy Read version of Our Site for women and girls with disability leading the way for accessible websites

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are again leading the way in advancing the rights of all women with disability through the release of an Easy Read version of the Our Site website. WWDA aims to improve the rights, safety and well-being of women and girls with disability across Australia. To achieve this, it is crucial…

Vale Sue Salthouse

Written by: Carolyn Frohmader, WWDA CEO, and Christina Ryan, CEO, Disability Leadership Institute, for and on behalf of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and Women With Disabilities Australian Capital Territory (WWDACT).

WWDA Board Member, Jody Barney appointed to The First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group

WWDA would like to congratulate WWDA Board Member, Jody Barney on being appointed to The First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group (FNPSAG) for the Disability Royal Commission. The FNPSAG has been set up to support the Royal Commission in its work by providing leadership and guidance on matters specific to First Nations peoples with disability. The FNPSAG…

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…

Congratulations to WWDA’s CEO!

WWDA congratulates our CEO, Carolyn Frohmader, who has been selected from over 300 nominees worldwide, to be a member of the Global Civil Society Reference Group for the international Spotlight Initiative.   The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations and the European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against…

Report on Outcomes: National Women’s Alliances and Disabled Peoples Organisations Australia Workshop, November 2018

In October 2018, WWDA organised and hosted a one-day workshop with key decision makers from each of the six National Women’s Alliances and the four member organisations of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia). The purpose of the workshop was to explore how the organisations could collaborate to strengthen representation and engagement of women with…

Vale Dr Margaret Cooper OAM

It is with profound sadness that Women With Disabilities Australia advises our members and allies of the passing of Dr. Margaret Cooper OAM, one of WWDA’s founding members and our first elected President following WWDA’s incorporation in 1995. It is impossible to do justice to the contribution of Margaret Cooper – not just for and…

Call for Nominations – WWDA Management Committee

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) invites nominations from WWDA members who would like to become Management Committee Members. There are five vacancies on the Management Committee. Committee members will be appointed for a 3-year term beginning at the next Annual General Meeting in January 2019. Nominations must be received by 5:30pm on Tuesday 4 December…

Announcement: Management Committee Changes

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is sad to announce that Karin Swift has stood down from the role of WWDA President. We are happy to announce that Karin will stay on as a Management Committee Member. Karin has provided exceptional leadership and support to WWDA over many years in her various roles as President, Vice-President…

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…

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…

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…

Disability Groups Stand Together Against Transport Cuts

“People with disability need more access to transport, not less” WWDA has joined with over 25 disability groups from across Australia to release a joint statement opposing cuts to vital transport funding for people with disability. The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Bill 2016 will restrict access…

Report: WWDA National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability: Proceedings and Outcomes

The WWDA National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability was held in Melbourne on 6 April 2016, at the Medibank Head Office building in Docklands. The Forum was made possible through one-off Project funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Department of Social Services, plus extensive in-kind support provided…

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…

Opinion: Unfettered Ability – Cheryl McDonnell

Written by Cheryl McDonnell 22 June 2016 (c) 2016 Cheryl McDonnell Download: Unfettered Ability [PDF] Unfettered Ability [DOC] Unfettered Ability [RTF] Being the parent of a woman with severe disabilities involves challenging and changing learning curves. In 2010, I resumed the care and responsibility of my daughter who was then 22 years old. She had…

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…

Opinion: Bonsai Babies – Cheryl McDonnell

Written by Cheryl McDonnell 22 June 2016 (c) 2016 Cheryl McDonnell In June 2016, SBS Television aired a program which focused on growth attenuation therapy (GAT) – the deliberate stunting of children with disability. In this opinion piece, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) member, Cheryl McDonnell, writes about ‘The Ashley Treatment’ and its failure to respect…

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 Youth Network Launch a Resounding Success

On Thursday 30th July the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash in conjunction with WWDA officially launched the WWDA Youth Network at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney. WWDA’s Youth Network has been created by and for girls with disability in Australia in recognition of the need for a…

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…