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WWDA News April 13th 2017

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  • Date 13 April 17

Latest Weekly Newsletter from WWDA

WWDA’s latest weekly newsletter is is out now! Catch up on our latest human rights, policy and systemic advocacy activities, and find out about opportunities to have your say. To receive our newsletters direct to your email, visit our Facebook page and click Sign Up or visit http://www.wwda.org.au Access our newsletter

  • Date 6 April 17

Disability Groups Call For Royal Commission Into Violence Against People With Disability

Tonight’s ABC Four Corners report, ‘Fighting the System’ exposed more evidence of the appalling levels of violence and abuse against people with disability in Australia.  This is only the tip of the iceberg. In light of the graphic and disturbing cases revealed this evening, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), calls on the Federal Government…

  • Date 27 March 17

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…

Vale Joan Hume OAM

WWDA was deeply saddened to learn of the death on 10th March 2017 of one of our esteemed founding and life members, Ms Joan Hume, OAM. Joan played a pivotal role in WWDA’s early development, as Editor of WWDA’s first ever Newsletter (published in May 1992) and in WWDA’s transition – from a small network of…

  • Date 10 March 17

Happy International Women’s Day!

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD)(March 8) – a global day for unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The theme for this year’s…

Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Releases Initial Findings from Country Visit to Australia

Dubravka Šimonović, the UN Special Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, has completed her official mission to Australia. She presented her initial findings in Canberra yesterday. In her statement, Ms Šimonović noted that ‘Australia remains a democratic nation without comprehensive constitutional or legislative protection of basic human rights at a federal…

WWDA Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is pleased to release our next Strategic Plan for the period 2017 to 2021. Our Strategic Plan reflects our fierce commitment to promoting and advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all women with disability. Our plan for the next five years, like all of our work, is grounded in a…

  • Date 16 February 17

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…

DPOA Letter of Complaint to ABC News, 12 December 2016

WWDA has prepared and sent the following letter of complaint to the ABC on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) in regard to a recent article published on the ABC News website. UPDATE: The ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs department reviewed the complaint and found that the story did not breach the ABC’s standards for ‘privacy,  ‘harm’ and ‘offence’.…

  • Date 13 December 16

WWDA Release New Human Rights Toolkit for Women and Girls with Disability

On the eve of International Human Rights Day, 10th December, WWDA is excited to release our Human Rights Toolkit for Women and Girls with Disability. During the past 6 months, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has worked hard to develop and publish a suite of resources focused on key human rights issues for women and…

  • Date 9 December 16

WWDA Annual Report 2015-2016

  WWDA are pleased to release our Annual Report for the 2015-2016 financial year. This 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 2015 – 30th June 2016. The Report demonstrates the breadth, scope and high…

  • Date 1 December 16

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…

Media Release: Action urgently needed to stop violence against women with disability

Violence against women with disability occurs at alarming levels in Australia: at least twice the rate of other women. Today, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) calls for urgent action to address the human rights violation that is violence against women with disability. DPO Australia…

International Day to End Violence Against Women 2016

According to the 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…

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…

WWDA News October 2016

WWDA Submission to UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) WWDA recently made a submission to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women who are currently reviewing General Recommendation No. 19 (Violence against women) which was originally written in 1992. Under Article 21 of…

  • Date 13 October 16

Media Release: WWDA funding boost to mark International Day of the Girl Child

WWDA is excited to announce that Federal Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has today announced a additional funding for WWDA totalling $42,500 to undertake a project that directly supports and benefits young women and girls with disability. The announcement comes on International Day of the Girl Child, a global event recognising the…

  • Date 11 October 16

Making 1800RESPECT More Accessible for Women and Girls with Disability

Between January and August 2016 Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) conducted a six-month project to assess the adequacy and accessibility of 1800RESPECT – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service for people living in Australia. In consultation with over 100 women and girls with disability from around Australia, the 1800RESPECT: Improving Service…

UN Committee on the CRPD Release General Comment on Article 6: Women With Disability

The United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have released a draft General Comment on Article 6 of the convention: Women with disabilities.   General Comments provide a detailed interpretation of an article or issue relating to the convention. These formal documents provide guidance to States Parties, including…

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…

WWDA News 26th May 2016

In This Edition: WWDA members participate in roundtable on violence against women with disability Cheryl McDonnell: The violence continues but is anyone listening? It’s time to update your membership details! Consultation begins on Victorian state disability plan Brain Injury Awareness Week – 15th to 21st August 2016 Australian Cross Disability Alliance submission to Arts and…

  • Date 26 May 16

Cheryl McDonnell: The Violence Continues But Is Anyone Listening?

…yet violence against women and girls with disabilities, particularly those who live in institutions, remains largely outside the increasing public debate and policy responses to violence against women. Nearly three years have passed since WWDA Vice President Karin Swift delivered this comment in an address at the University of Sydney on behalf of WWDA at…