Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has set up the WWDA Youth Network to focus on girls and young women with all types of disabilities.
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.
The objectives of the WWDA Youth Network are:
1. Actively promote the inclusion and empowerment of young women and girls with disability 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:
(i) Creating accessible resources that are easy to understand;
(ii) Keeping girls and young women with disability up to date with related events nationally and internationally;
(iii) Aiding – where possible – in participation opportunities for education and empowerment;
(iv) Introducing stories of other girls and young women with disability.
On Thursday 30th July, 2015, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash in conjunction with WWDA officially launched the WWDA Youth Network at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney. The launch was attended by over 6o people, including the WWDA CEO, Carolyn Frohmader; WWDA President, Rayna Lamb; Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick; Australian Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell; and many women and young women with disabilities, their families, friends and allies.
WWDA Youth Network Launch, 2015 (right to left): Elizabeth Broderick, Carolyn Frohmader, Rayna Lamb, Michaelia Cash, Cashelle Dunn, Megan Mitchell
Cashelle Dunn was the founder of the WWDA Youth Network, and has driven and managed the network from the beginning. The WWDA Youth Network has contributed to a number of exciting projects, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “We Decide” project; has represented girls and young women with disability at numerous international events, including the COSP to the CRPD and International Day of the Girl Summit. In 2017, WWDA Youth Network received funding for a progressive project to create a human rights toolkit called “Girls with Disability: Understanding and Advocating for Your Rights”, generously funded by the DPMC Office for Women.
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