National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability (12.04.2016)
Written on the 3 May 2016
12 April 2016
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
I had the great pleasure last Wednesday to attend the Women With Disabilities Australia National Forum for Women and Girls with Disability, which was held here in Melbourne.
It was the first time a national forum of this nature had taken place. The Honourable Michaelia Cash, the federal Minister for Women, was in attendance and gave the keynote address to the forum. Indeed it was the federal government that provided the funding for it to take place.
There were a number of extraordinary women who have overcome so many physical disabilities and other areas of disability in attending the conference. I want to put on record my great admiration for their courage in overcoming so many barriers to attend and put their voices towards the issues that are very important to them.
Some of the areas that were spoken about at the forum included the very important economic participation and empowerment of both women and girls who have disability, violence against women and girls with disability, sexual and reproductive rights, leadership and participation, and other areas that affect women with disabilities.
They were all discussed in this very informative and beneficial forum, and I would like to congratulate the organisers for bringing it all together.