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Disability Royal Commission – Support Services

 The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling and advocacy support for people engaging with or affected by the Royal Commission into Violence Abuse Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission).  Disability Royal Commission – Support Services Fact Sheet [PDF] Disability Royal Commission – Support Services Fact Sheet [DOC] Head to…

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…

Annual Report 2018-19

WWDA is pleased to release our Annual Report for the 2018/19 financial year. The Annual Report provides a summary snapshot of just some of WWDA’s key projects and activities at the international and national level for the financial year reporting period 1st July 2018 – 30th June 2019. The Report demonstrates the breadth, scope and…

  • Date 22 October 19

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…

WWDA’s Election Platform 2019 announced!

WWDA has recently released its 2019 Election Platform. WWDA is calling on candidates and parties to commit to:   Address all forms of violence against women and girls with disability Gender the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls with disability Gender the National Disability Strategy (NDS)…

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…

People With Disability Welcome Our Royal Commission

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on the formation of our Royal Commission and its Letters Patent into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability today, following the Government’s commitment of $527 million in the Federal Budget. “People with disability have called for this Royal Commission for…

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…

Disabled People’s Organisations Submission on Royal Commission Terms of Reference

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) has developed its Submission on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect of People with Disability. DPO Australia’s Submission highlights several crucial issues missing from the draft Terms of Reference that we believe must be included in order for the Royal Commission…

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…

DISABLED PEOPLES ORGANISATIONS AUSTRALIA (DPOA) MEDIA RELEASE

Roadmap for our Royal Commission 27 February 2019 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) has long been campaigning for a Royal Commission into all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We deserve an urgent response and justice for the high rates of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation we experience. We…

WWDA welcomes Federal Parliament support for Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect Against People With Disability

People with disability, and our organisations, today welcome the vote in the Australian Parliament about a Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against people with disability. The next step is to make the Royal Commission real. “We welcome today’s vote on a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect…

Open Letter to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison: The urgent need for a stand-alone Royal Commission into all forms of violence against people with disability

People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a stand-alone Royal Commission into all forms of violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. People with disability, friends, families, allies and supporters have for years now, been calling for a stand-alone Royal Commission into all forms of violence…

WWDA Welcomes New Board Members!

Late last year WWDA members voted on nominees for vacant positions on the WWDA Board. We are delighted to announce that the successful nominees were: Pamela Menere (re-elected) Allirra Honner Jen Lowe Monique Crowden (re-elected) Cherohn Rule (re-elected) Jody Barney Patricia Maloney We welcome our new and continuing Board members to WWDA for a three…

  • Date 5 February 19

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) 16 Days Campaign 2018

According to UN Women, one in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often at the hands of someone they know and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. Compared to our peers, women with disability experience…

Submission to inform Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has provided a submission to the Australian Government to assist with informing the development of the Fourth Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The 12 year National Plan is a high level framework and agreement between all Australian Governments on how…

WWDA Management Committee Elections 2018

Voting is now open for the election of Management Committee Members to fill five vacancies. All members of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) as at 4 December 2018 are eligible to vote. Members should have received information today about how to vote online. If you are a full member of WWDA, but have not received…

  • Date 11 December 18

Meet Sunny – A New App for Women with Disability

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is proud to release a new app for women with disability in Australia that we created with a team of women with disability, and our friends at 1800RESPECT – Australia’s national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. What is Sunny? Designed by and for women with disability, Sunny…

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…

Media Release: New App Supports Women with Disability Who Experience Violence

Women with disability will have improved access to violence information and support with the launch of a ground-breaking smartphone app today. Sunny is a new app developed by 1800RESPECT, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and an expert advisory group of women with disability. Sunny helps women with disability learn about violence, learn about rights, and…

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities with Women with Disabilities Australia WWDA have two jobs vacancies for a Project Manager and a Senior Content Officer for our Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability project.   PROJECT MANAGER (1.0 FTE) We are seeking a highly experienced Project Manager to manage and implement the Virtual Centre for Women and…

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…

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…