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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…

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…

Joint Position Statement on Review of the National Disability Agreement

The Productivity Commission is currently reviewing the National Disability Agreement (NDA). The NDA is a high level agreement between the Federal and State and Territory governments that informs how services are provided for people with disability. The roll-out of NDIS has meant that the existing NDA needed to be reviewed. In August 2018, WWDA made…

Women with Disability Condemn White Ribbon Australia’s Withdrawal of Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights

UPDATE: Following community backlash, White Ribbon Australia have reversed the decision. WWDA remain concerned that White Ribbon need to ‘consult with stakeholders’ on an issue of fundamental human rights. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is disturbed and disappointed by White Ribbon Australia’s decision to withdraw its position statement on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The White Ribbon…

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…

Media Release: Royal Commission Welcome, But Must Include People with Disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcome today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care, with the inclusion of young people with disability who live in nursing homes. This is a critical opportunity for the many thousands of older people with disability to have their voices heard and obtain justice for the violence, abuse,…

Opinion: The Sterilisation of Girls with Disability: The State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights

‘The Sterilisation of Girls with Disability: The State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights’ provides an in-depth ethical and legal examination of Australia’s failure to enact legislation to protect the human rights of young women and girls with disability in relation to forced and coerced sterilisation. The paper was researched and written by WWDA Youth Network…

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…

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…

UN Calls on Australia to End Forced Sterilisation

WWDA welcomes UN calls for Australia to abolish forced and coerced sterilisation of women and girls with disability, and people with intersex characteristics. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) made the recommendation in their Concluding Observations on Australia’s progress toward ending discrimination against women, released this week. The practice continues unabated,…

Re-advertised: We’re Hiring: Experienced Project Planner Required

We are seeking a highly experienced Project Planner to scope and initiate our Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability project. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is an award-winning human rights and systemic advocacy organisation run by and for, women with disability. Salary is $84,968 per annum + superannuation. Position is for a fixed…

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…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 31 May 2018

Welcome! Here’s the latest news from WWDA. Keep up to date with WWDA on Facebook, Twitter and our Website. Policy and Submissions We are preparing a submission to Australia’s review under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We are preparing feedback on the latest draft of guidance materials…

  • Date 31 May 18

Media Release: Royal Commission Urgently Needed to Shine Light on Violence Against People with Disability

People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. “We’re seeing how powerful a Royal Commission is in exposing huge problems, and illegal behaviour, in the banking and finance industry right now,” said Ms Bonnie Millen, President…

  • Date 26 May 18

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia

WWDA News Welcome Here’s the latest updates from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Keep up to date with WWDA on Facebook, Twitter and our Website. Policy and Submissions WWDA released our Performance Report for the period July 2016 to December 2017. The report details our activities over the last 1.5 years. Check it out over…

  • Date 23 April 18

WWDA Performance Report July 2016 to December 2017

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is pleased to release our Performance Report for the period 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2017. Our Performance Report focuses on major activities undertaken by WWDA during the reporting period. These activities are detailed under each of the seven key objectives contained in WWDA’s Work Activity Plan. Activities include…

  • Date 16 April 18

WWDA Meets with Researcher To Talk Sexual Citizenship and Disability

Last week, founding WWDA member Helen Meekosha met with Dr Julia Bahner, a researcher from the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, to discuss WWDA’s ongoing work in the sexual and reproductive rights space. Dr Bahner’s current research focuses on sexual citizenship and disability. She is exploring disability organisations’ advocacy on sexual…

WWDA Survey: Access to Healthcare: Summary Report

In March 2018, WWDA conducted a short survey to ask our members and friends about healthcare accessibility. We’ve compiled a brief summary report of your responses from the survey. We’ve sent this summary report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ to help inform her report on right of…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) – 23 March 2018

Welcome Here’s the latest updates from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Keep up to date with WWDA on Facebook, Twitter and our Website. Policy and Submissions DPO Australia made a brief Submission to Senate Standing Committee Inquiry into the Need for Regulation of Mobility Scooters.DPO Australia made a Submission to the Future of Supported Employment…

  • Date 23 March 18