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About the WWDA Youth Network

The WWDA Youth Network is the youth branch of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) for young women and girls with disability under the age of 30.

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The aim of WWDA Youth Network is to specifically voice the needs and rights of young women and girls with disability. We are a national voice, working as part of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), to empower young women with disability through education on their rights and options.

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The objectives of the WWDA Youth Network are:

The objectives of the WWDA Youth Network are to:

  1. Actively promote the inclusion and empowerment of young women and girls with disability (under 30) in all areas of life;
  2. To advocate for the issues and needs of young women and girls with disability in Australia;
  3. To educate and build the capacity of girl and young women with disability on their rights and options by:
    a. Creating accessible resources that empower young women and girls with disability to learn about and stand up for their rights
    b. Keeping girls and young women with disability up to date with related events nationally and internationally;
    c. Supporting young women and girls with disability to participate in leadership opportunities, public consultations and education.d. Introducing and sharing the stories of young women and girls with disability.

Background

The WWDA Youth Network was originally launched by WWDA in conjunction with the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash on 30 July 2015 at an event at the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in Sydney.

Cashelle Dunn was the founder of the WWDA Youth Network and managed the WWDA Youth Network between 2015 and 2018. With support from Federal Government grants, Cashelle ran a number of initiatives under the WWDA Youth Network, including the development of a human rights toolkit for women and girls with disability and the launch of the WWDA Youth Network website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter.

In 2020, WWDA has decided to re-activate the WWDA Youth Network with the support of new grants and staff.


About WWDA 

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia. It is an organisation made up of women with disabilities and associated organisations. WWDA represents more than 2 million disabled women and girls in Australia. We are run by and for women with disabilities. It is the only organisation of its kind in Australia and one of only a very small number internationally. We operate as a transnational human rights and systemic advocacy organisation. WWDA is inclusive and does not discriminate against any disability.

For more information on WWDA go to the website: www.wwda.org.au

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