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WWDA News 1st July 2015

In this Edition Australian disability advocacy framework review Australian disability education Senate Inquiry General news International news WWDA Youth Network update Review of the Australian National Disability Advocacy Framework The Australian Government has announced a review of the National Disability Advocacy Framework. The framework underpins disability advocacy services across Australia and is designed to provide…

  • Date 1 July 15

Feature: Addressing Violence Against Women With Disabilities

Contents WWDA project featured in The Guardian Carolyn Frohmader photographed for portrait project WWDA Publication: Preventing Violence Against Women New App to assist women access specialist violence services WWDA to be represented on Tasmanian Government Family Violence Action Plan consultative group Domestic violence more severe against women with disabilities, research shows Monica Tan, The Guardian,…

WWDA News 10 June 2015

In This Edition Policy submissions Events and activities General news WWDA Youth Network Recent WWDA Policy Submissions WWDA has been working hard to ensure that the voices of our members, and indeed, all women and girls with disabilities are represented, acknowledged and valued in national and international policy that concerns us. Our recent submissions are…

  • Date 10 June 15

WWDA THINK-PIECE: ‘PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES: INTEGRATING A HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE’

Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Preventing Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities: Integrating A Human Rights Perspective’. By Carolyn Frohmader (WWDA), Associate Professor Leanne Dowse (UNSW) and Dr Aminath Didi (UNSW) (January 2015)[PDF] [Word] Current policies and discourses around addressing and preventing violence against women in Australia have locked us into a particular way of…

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FIGHT TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN

“In 2007, Alice Goltz gave birth to a baby girl. But before she left the hospital, she says two men from the Vermont Department of Children and Families walked into her room. A hospital nurse had tipped them off, she says. The men told Goltz that because of her disability, she couldn’t go home with…

ABUSE, VIOLENCE AND NEGLECT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY IS A CRIME. SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT

Speak out. Speak up. Please contribute to the Senate Inquiry into Violence and Abuse Against People with Disabilities in Institutional and Residential Settings. Visit: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Violence_abuse_neglect Easy English guide to this inquiry (PDF 813KB) Easy English guide to this inquiry (Word 26KB) Easy English guide to making a submission (PDF 751KB) Easy English guide to making…

WWDA News 20 May 2015

In this Edition Violence and Abuse Senate Inquiry National Disability Employment Framework Consultation Sue Salthouse appointed to PM’s Advisory Panel WWDA Youth Network Update Changes to Website and Email   Violence and Abuse Senate Inquiry Submissions Extended The deadline for submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability in…

  • Date 20 May 15

STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND GIRLS

STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND GIRLS. TAKE THE PLEDGE [Infographic] Image of young female Aboriginal child. Text reads “I have the right to freedom from all forms of violence and abuse”. Take my pledge. changetherecord.org.au ‪#‎ChangeTheRecord‬

I STAND FOR MERCY

[Infographic] Image of hand reaching through prison bars with text overlay which states: “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”; United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; Ratified by Indonesia 28 October 1998. ‪#‎Bali9‬ ‪#‎IStandForMercy‬ ‪#‎RIP‬ wwda.org.au

SPEAK OUT! SPEAK UP!

[Infographic] “Violence perpetrated against people with disability in institutional settings are NOT “service incidents”. They are CRIMES! Please contribute to the Senate Inquiry into Violence and Abuse Against People with Disabilities in Institutional and Residential Settings. Go to: http://www.aph.gov.au/…/Community_Af…/Violence_abuse_neglect

WWDA SUBMISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF ADOLESCENTS

In early 2015, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child announced its decision to develop a General Comment (GC) on the Rights of Adolescents. The experiences, opportunities and challenges facing adolescents clearly varies widely across different regions and between different groups of adolescents. The Committee therefore sought submissions from interested bodies and…

WWDA Submission to CRPD Committee on the Right to Education

In April 2015, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet for its 13th session. As part of the session, the Committee is holding a Day of General Discussion on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities, to inform the development of a General Comment for CRPD Article 24 [The Right…

WWDA Establishes Youth Network

The WWDA Youth Network, has officially commenced today with the opening of the WWDA Youth Network Facebook Page. The WWDA Youth Network aims to provide young women and girls with disabilities living in Australia with easy to understand human rights information; keep our followers up to date with events occurring in Australia and around the world…

National Campaign to End Violence and Abuse against People with Disability in Residential and Institutional Settings

‘Letter to the Australian Prime Minister, Hon. Tony Abbott’ (January 2015) For more than a decade, Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), civil society organisations (CSOs); the United Nations, people with disability themselves, their families, allies, friends and advocates, have implored successive Australian Governments to act to ‘address and investigate, without delay, violence, exploitation and abuse experienced…

Women With Disabilities Australia: Report from the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) 53rd Session – Review of Australia (November 2014)

In October 2014, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) successfully applied to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [Disability International Participation Funding Program] for a funding grant to enable a WWDA delegate (Cashelle Dunn) to represent the views and issues of women with disabilities in Australia to the Committee Against Torture during its formal review of…

WWDA ANNUAL REPORT 2013 – 2014

This years Annual Report from Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) provides a summary snapshot of WWDA’s key projects and activities at the international and national level for the financial year 1st July 2013 – 30th June 2014. The Report demonstrates the breadth, scope and high standard of WWDA’s work, on a wide range of initiatives…

  • Date 13 November 14

SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE INQUIRY INTO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This joint Submission to the ‘Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia’, has been written by Carolyn Frohmader (Women With Disabilities Australia) with contribution from Jess Cadwallader (People With Disability Australia) for and on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA); First People’s Disability Network Australia (FPDNA); People with Disability Australia (PWDA); Children with Disability…

NEW REPORT: Torture in Healthcare Settings

‘Torture in Healthcare Settings: Reflections on the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s 2013 Thematic Report’ brings together contributions by more than thirty international experts in response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez’s provocative thematic report on torture and other abusive practices in healthcare settings. Each piece in this unique volume provides…

New WWDA Paper for CSW58

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender…

WWDA PROGRESS REPORT ON EMPLOYMENT PROJECT

In July 2013, the then Minister for Employment Participation, Hon Kate Ellis, advised Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) that the Australian Government would be providing a small, one-off funding grant to a number of national disability organisations, including WWDA, to assist in improving the delivery of Disability Employment Services (DES). The specific purpose of the…

WWDA ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013

This Annual Report provides a Summary snapshot of WWDA’s Key Projects & Activities for the funding period July 2012 – July 2013. The Report demonstrates the breadth and scope of WWDA’s work, across a wide range of portfolio areas, and at the state/territory, national and international levels. The Report further demonstrates the increasing demand on…

  • Date 25 February 14