Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has recently published a Toolkit to advance the human rights of women and girls with disability.
Over two million women and girls with disability live in Australia – that’s approximately 20% of all women and girls. Like everyone else, they all have different lives and experiences. They also have different personal experiences of disability.
As a group, however, women and girls with disability experience unfair treatment in many areas of their lives. They are treated unfairly because of disability, because they are women, and, because society is structured for able-bodied people. WWDA has developed a toolkit to explore some of these key issues facing women and girls with disability and provide practical resources for leading change.
The toolkit includes:
- An introduction to, and overview of, key human rights issues facing women and girls with disability
- A brief history of human rights and Australia’s human rights obligations
- Understanding key articles from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
- Recommendations for change
- Ideas and suggestions of ways women and girls with disability can get involved in working for change
- Resources, including sample letters and talking points for talking to Government representatives about the issues important to women and girls with disability
- Full copies of the text of the CRPD and CEDAW