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WWDA News 27th April 2016

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) represents more than two-million disabled women and girls in Australia. We are run by and for women with disabilities. We operate as a transnational human rights and systemic advocacy organisation. wwda.org.au In This Edition: National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability New Sex Discrimination Commissioner: Gender Equality and Economic…

  • Date 29 April 16

WWDA News 1st March 2016

WWDA News Tuesday 1st March 2016 In This Edition: Submission to CRPD Committee 14th Session on Rights of Persons with Disability to Live Independently and be Included in the Community WWDA Annual Report 2014/15 is now available ACDA Youth with Disability National Forum Report Now Available ACDA Attends Roundtable on the Cross-Examination of Victims of…

  • Date 1 March 16

WWDA Annual Report 2014-2015 is now available

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is pleased to present you with our 2014-2015 Annual Report on Key International and National Projects, Activities and Achievements. Our Annual Report provides a summary of just some of WWDA’s key projects and activities at the international and national level for the financial year reporting period 1st July 2014 – 30th June 2015.…

  • Date 3 February 16

WWDA News

In This Edition Australian Cross Disability Alliance Calls for Investment in Australians with Disability For Future Prosperity National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 Progress Report to COAG 2014 Entertainment: Falling in Love with Frida Paper: ANROWS Landscapes on Violence Against Women in Indigenous Communities Australian Government Launch Carer Gateway Call for Submissions: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Services…

  • Date 2 February 16

WWDA Feature: Senate Inquiry into Disability Abuse

WWDA has just sent out our latest bulletin to our subscribers. This special feature edition collects several articles and and an interview regarding the recent Senate Inquiry into violence, neglect and abuse of people with disability in institutional and residential settings. It also provides some useful links for further information. Access the latest bulletin here:…

WWDA Speaks to Radio Atticus about Calls for Royal Commission into Disability Abuse

On International Day of People with Disability, 3rd December 2015, WWDA CEO Carolyn Frohmader was interviewed by Annemarie Reyes, producer of Radio Atticus, a law and justice radio show broadcast nationally on community radio, regarding recent calls for a Royal Commission into all forms of disability violence in Australia. An except is provided below. Access links below to listen…

MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Cross Disability Alliance Applauds Senate’s call for Royal Commission into Violence Against People with Disability

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) welcomes the Senate Community Affairs Committee’s report and recommendations following its ‘Inquiry into Violence Against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings’, tabled late yesterday. The Senate Inquiry provided a vital platform for people with disability and their representative bodies to tell their stories and have their voices…

WWDA News 25th November 2015

In This Edition WWDA Quarterly Progress Report Released WWDA AGM Thursday Revised and Updated: Preventing Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework Report Released White Flower Memorial New Mental Health App For Teen Girls El Gibbs on the Politics and the National Disability Strategy Destroy the Joint: Silencing Disabled Women’s…

  • Date 25 November 15

MEDIA RELEASE: White Flower Memorial: Remembering People with Disability Who Have Died as a Result of Violence, Abuse or Neglect

On 25 November 2015, the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) is acknowledging International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by supporting a White Flower Memorial to remember people with disability who have died as a result of violence, abuse or neglect. The Memorial specifically recognises that women with disability experience higher levels of…

WWDA News November 11th 2015

In This Edition NDIS ILC Co-Design Online Forum Report Now Available WWDA AGM 26th November 2015 WWDA Speaks to The Guardian about Forced Sterilisation in Australia WWDA Attends SDG Gender Equality Conference UN Has Serious Concerns About Human Rights Violations Against Australians with Disability Young Australians with Disability: Successful Contributors to Global Youth Disability Initiative…

  • Date 11 November 15

The Guardian: UN Examines Australia’s Forced Sterilisation of Women with Disabilities

WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader was recently interviewed by Bridie Jabour from the Guardian Australia during the Untied Nations Australia Universal Periodic Review. An excerpt of the article is provided below. The United Nations has raised concerns Australia is breaching the human rights of women with disabilities by allowing their forced sterilisation. Australia’s human rights record is being assessed by…

UNITED NATIONS: Serious Concerns About Human Rights Violations Against Australians with Disability

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 10 November 2015 UNITED NATIONS: Serious Concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) allowed member…

WWDA News 4th November 2015

In This Edition: Young Australians with Disability to Contribute to Global Youth Disability Initiative UN Expert Urges States to Make Their Social Protection Systems More Inclusive New UN Report on the Right to Adequate Housing for People with Disability Living in Cities ACDA Presentation from International Expert Group Meeting Now Available The Australian Criminal Justice…

  • Date 4 November 15

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 News October 21st 2015

In This Edition WWDA attending Sustainable Development Goals Gender Equity Working Group WWDA welcomes new staff member ACDA meeting with Australian Government Minister for Social Services ACDA launches official website WWDA Youth Networks celebrates International Day of the Girl 2015 WWDA Attending UN Sustainable Development Goals Gender Equity Working Group WWDA Vice-President, Cashelle Dunn and…

  • Date 21 October 15

WWDA Webinar – Understanding Violence Against Women with Disabilities

On Thursday 1st October 2015 WWDA presented a webinar on the topic of violence against women with disabilities. The webinar was convened by 1800RESPECT – Australia’s National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. Entitled ‘Understanding Violence Against Women With Disability’, the presentation and discussion provided an overview of the scope and prevalence of violence against women with disability,…

WWDA News October 7th 2015

In This Edition WWDA welcomes new Management Committee members WWDA urges government to include women with disabilities in recently announced violence funding package Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) end the violence campaign ACDA website launching soon WWDA Youth Network represented at United Nations in New York General News WWDA Welcomes New Management Committee Members WWDA…

  • Date 7 October 15

WWDA URGES GOVERNMENT TO INCLUDE WOMEN WITH DISABILITY IN DV FUNDING PACKAGE

Last week the Australian Government announced a $100 million package of measures to provide a safety net for women and children at high risk of experiencing violence. The package aims to improve frontline support and services, leverage innovative technologies to keep women safe, and provide education resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse.…

WWDA WELCOMES FOUR NEW MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

WWDA is proud to announce that we have four new WWDA Management Committee members: Jen Hargrave, Margherita Coppolino, El Gibbs and Bonnie Millen. These women join our existing managmenet committee team of Rayna Lamb (President), Cashelle Dunn (Vice-President), Pamela Menere (Treasurer), Karen Swift (Member) and Iva Strnadova (Member). As an organisation run by and for…

  • Date 29 September 15

WWDA News: Executive Officer Finalist in 100 Women of Influence Awards

WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader Finalist in 100 Women of Influence Awards WWDA Management Committee and staff congratulate WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader, for being shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence awards. The Awards increase the visibility of women’s leadership in Australia and highlight the…

  • Date 24 September 15

WWDA Executive Director Finalist in 100 Women of Influence Awards

WWDA Management Committee and staff congratulate WWDA Executive Director, Carolyn Frohmader, for being shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence awards. The Awards increase the visibility of women’s leadership in Australia and highlight the important contributions that women make to a more equal, diverse and…

  • Date 24 September 15

WWDA News 2 September 2015

In this Edition Submission to Violence, Abuse and Neglect senate inquiry WWDA Invited to UNFPA International Expert Group meeting, Montevideo General News Submissions ACDA Submission to Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings In August 2015 the Australian Cross Disability Alliance, of which WWDA is a founding…

  • Date 2 September 15

WWDA ATTENDING UNFPA INTERNATIONAL EXPERT GROUP MEETING, URUGUAY

Carolyn Frohmader from WWDA was invited to participate in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) International Expert Group meeting on the Youth and Disability Policies of Social Inclusion, Gender Equality, Non-Discrimination and Prevention of Sexual Violence initiative (2015-2018). The initiative includes the development of an international program to…

MEDIA RELEASE: VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY IS A NATIONAL SHAME

Thursday 27 August 2015 Violence against people with disability is a national shame Call to action Today, the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) will appear before the Senate Committee inquiring into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The Senate Inquiry process has already revealed many hundreds of horrific…

Call for Urgent Action: End Violence Against People with Disability

Media Release: Call for Urgent Action: End Violence Against People with Disability The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) calls on the Australian Government to act swiftly to address the epidemic of violence against children and adults with disability in residential and institutional settings throughout Australia. This week the Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People,…