Women with Disabilities

WWDA Paper: Assessing the situation of women with disabilities in Australia

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has recently released a Policy Paper entitled 'Assessing the situation of women with disabilities in Australia: A human rights approach'. This Paper uses a human rights framework to document the range of data, research and information needed in order to give a comprehensive assessment of the situation of women with disabilities in Australia. The need for this work to occur has long been identified by women with disabilities themselves, and most recently, identified by the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) monitoring committee as an area warranting urgent and immediate attention by the Australian Government.

WWDAโ€™s paper provides the context for this work by giving an overview of the intersection of gender and disability, as well as a brief background to the human rights imperative. Using key articles from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the paper then prescribes the key quantitative and qualitative data and research required under each article, and links this to Australia's international human rights obligations and domestic policy context. WWDAโ€™s Policy Paper urges the Australian Government to act immediately to commission and adequately resource a comprehensive assessment and analysis of the situation of women and girls with disabilities in Australia.

The Paper provides in detail, in an Appendix, the international human rights obligations in relation to each of the issue areas covered in the paper. This section includes for example, information drawn from the international human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, the General Comments supporting each of these treaties, as well as detailed information from a number of other relevant human rights instruments.

Please contact WWDA at wwda@wwda.org.au if you would like a copy of the Paper emailed to you.ย�

Alternatively, the Paper can be downloaded from WWDAโ€™s website in either PDF format [2.3MB] or Word format [2.5MB] at: http://www.wwda.org.au/subs2011.htm

Email from: Carolyn Frohmader, Executive Director, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

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When: 7/2/2014

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