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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…

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

Welcome! Here are the latest updates from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA). Policy and Submissions WWDA contributed further feedback on the draft NDIS Code of Conduct for Providers and Workers which will form part of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding framework and legislation. WWDA also attended a full day workshop to assist with refining the…

  • Date 23 February 18

WWDA Survey: The Right to Health

What’s your experience of accessing healthcare? We would like to hear from our members and friends about the healthcare accessibility issues that are important to you. We’ve made a quick survey that will take around 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will help inform WWDA’s written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – January 22 2018

New Year Updates from WWDA WWDA has hit the ground running in 2018. We were buoyed by the news just before Christmas that our tender for 2.5 years Disability Representative Organisation (DRO) funding from the Department of Social Services was successful. Without this operational funding we could not continue our systemic advocacy work to further…

  • Date 23 January 18

Opinion: System Failure? Critical Reflections on the Australian National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 – Ruby Grant

In November 2017, Ruby Grant attended the National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 in Sydney, Australia, on behalf of Women with Disabilities Australia. WWDA member, Sarah Houbolt also attended and presented at the forum. In this opinion piece, Ruby provides an overview of the Summit’s central themes and critically reflects on the inclusion and…

Annual Report 2016-17

WWDA is pleased to release our Annual Report for the 2016/17 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 2016 – 30th June 2017. The Report demonstrates the breadth, scope and…

  • Date 21 December 17

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…

Senate Inquiry Release Report on Delivery of Outcomes Under the National Disability Strategy

Today, the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs (the Committee) released their report into delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020 (NDS). The NDS is a ten year national policy framework for improving the life of people with disability in Australia, their friends, families and carers. The Committee noted that while…

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…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 31 August 2017

‘Being in control of our supports and other tales of irony’ In a recent article in the CRU – Community Resource Unit Ltd.publication, CRUcial Times, WWDA President Karin Swift wrote about what being in control of her formal disability supports is like and how this intersects with her professional and personal life. Drawing on her experiences,…

  • Date 31 August 17

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – August 3 2017

WWDA Activity Work Plan 2017 to 2018 WWDA is pleased to present out Activity Work Plan for 2017-18. WWDA’s Activity Work Plan for 2017-2018 embeds and reflects the key purpose of our organisation – to promote and advance the rights and freedoms of women and girls with disability.   Read more: WWDA Activity Work Plan…

  • Date 3 August 17

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…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) – 5 July 2017

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 proposed List of Issues to be adopted at the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 18th session (14th August to 1st September 2018), in…

  • Date 5 July 17

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…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 22 June 2017

Policy and Submissions WWDA is writing a submission on behalf of DPO Australia to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) detailing the recommended the List of Issues [Australia] to be adopted during the 18th session (14-31 August 2017) of the CRPD.Our submission will help inform what questions the CRPD will ask the…

  • Date 22 June 17

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 15 June 2017

Civil Society Organisations Support Call for Royal Commission into Disability Violence A broad range of organisations endorsed our call for a Royal Commission into abuse and violence against people with disability. Over 160 civil society organisations and 380 individuals endorsed our Civil Society Statement to the Prime Minster calling for an immediate Royal Commission. The…

  • Date 15 June 17

Civil Society Statement: Call for Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse Against People with Disability

A broad range of organisations have expressed their support for the call for a Royal Commission into abuse and violence against people with disability. Over 160 civil society organisations and 380 individuals endorsed our Civil Society Statement to the Prime Minster calling for an immediate Royal Commission. The endorsed statement was forwarded to the Prime…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 25 May 2017

WWDA Joins Expert Working Group Compiling United Nations Flagship Report on Disability and Development WWDA’s Executive Director has been invited to contribute to the United Nations flagship report on disability and development, coordinated by the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) Working Group…

  • Date 25 May 17

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…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 12 May 2017

New Publications Coming Soon At WWDA and WWDA Youth Network we are are putting the finishing touches on our suite of youth-friendly position statements. The position statements will include: Violence Decision-Making Participation Sexual and Reproductive Rights  Work and Education Justice Young Women and Girls with Disability WWDA will also be releasing additional several new position statements as…

  • Date 12 May 17

Media Release: Great NDIS and Job Support Wins, But Harsh Welfare Measures for People with Disability

WWDA and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes some big wins for people with disability in tonight’s Federal Government Budget, but is very concerned by the punitive approach to welfare support that will make life harder for those doing it tough, including people with disability. “We are extremely pleased to hear that an increase…

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 5 May 2017

UN Study on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Girls With Disability The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, is compiling a significant report on the sexual and reproductive health rights of girls with disabilities which will be presented to the 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly.…

  • Date 5 May 17

Latest News from Women with Disabilities Australia – 20 April 2017

Still Time to Register for Rights Workshop for Young Women and Girls with Disability Do you want to understand and advocate for your rights? Are you a girl or young woman with a disability? Are you aged 13-18 years? Do you live in the broader Melbourne area? We are a holding a small workshop for…

  • Date 20 April 17