Women with disabilities are amongst the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in the world. The intersection of gender inequality and disability presents a situation of multiple levels of discrimination. We are less likely to be educated, employed and well-housed than almost any other population group. Our Mission is to lead the way for Victorian women with disabilities and improve women’s choices by being a voice for women with disabilities, building partnerships, providing information and educating the community. We focus on those areas which have the biggest impact on women's lives – currently, violence against women with disabilities and access to health care. We also have a secondary focus on parenting rights and employment equality.

Information & Resources

News & Events

17.12.2015 The next Enabling Women Program, coming up in Bendigo in early 2016, is looking for a Co-Facilitator. You can download the Position Description and job advertisement for more information.

5.11.2015 The 2015 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award is won by Colleen Furlanetto! You can read more here about Colleen and the other nominees.

14.10.2015 Re-advertised position: WDV is looking for an experienced Gender Equity Training Co-ordinator to implement training within the Workforce Development Program on Gender and Disability. Please visit our Employment section for more details. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 9th November 2015.

20.7.2015 The closing date for nominations for the 2015 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award has been extended to close of business on Monday 10th August.

10.7.2015 The upcoming Enabling Women Program in Melbourne's North-East is looking for a Co-Facilitator. You can download the Position Description and Expression of Interest for more information.

28.5.2015 Are you a young woman who identifies as having a disability? WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator for our Enabling Younger Women Pilot Program. More details can be found in our Employment section.

7.5.2015 WDV has a new position for an Administration Officer (part-time), located in our office in Bourke Street, Melbourne. There is an early closing date of Monday 18th May. Visit our Employment section for more details.

15.4.2015 Call for nominations for the 2015 Brenda Gabe Award: The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award recognises and rewards women with disabilities who have made a significant contribution to improving the status of women with disabilities in Victoria. Brochure, Nomination Form and Nomination Guidelines are all now available. Click here to read about Brenda Gabe and the Award we named after her, and past nominees and winners of the Award.

31.3.2015 WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator to assist in running the Enabling Women Leadership Program in Warrnambool in June/July this year. You can download the job advertisement and position description.

25.3.2015 A Special General Meeting will be held on Thursday 16 April to vote on proposed amendments to the WDV Rules. Members have been sent their notices by email and post. You can read the Summary of Changes and the current Rules marked up with the proposed changes.

24.3.2015 Members are invited to provide feedback on our draft NDIS fact sheets, at meetings in Geelong on 26 March or Melbourne on 31 March.

17.3.2015 Another position is available as a Co-Facilitator for the Enabling Women program, this time in Gippsland (the Shepparton position was advertised recently). The job advertisement can be found here.

4.3.2015 WDV invites Expressions of Interest to develop a Leadership Program for young women with disabilities.

3.3.2015 WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator to assist in running the Enabling Women Leadership Program in Shepparton in June/July this year. The job advertisement can be found here and the position description here.

20.2.2015 WDV has made a submission to the Victorian Ombudsman's consultation on the scope of an inquiry into disability abuse reporting. You can read the submission here.

28.11.2014 Statement: Why we need an inquiry into violence against people with a disability

24.1.2014 Media release: Systemic issues the cause of recent failings in the disability sector.

08.11.2014 Jody Barney wins second annual Brenda Gabe Leadership Award.

17.09.2014 WDV is holding an Election Forum on September 30th to ensure that our members are informed about the three major parties policies that relate to women with disabilitites. You can also view our WDV State Election Statement 2014.

31.07.2014 Women with Disabilities Victoria have made a submission to the Australian Senate's Inquiry into Domestic Violence.

25.08.2014 Women with Disabilities Victoria joined Victoria’s leading family violence organisations to put family violence at the top of the 2014 state election agenda. The No More Deathscampaign was launched on Monday, August 25.

Get Involved

Becoming a member Did you know that membership is FREE for women with disabilities? (and only $20 for allies!) Join now! More information about membership can be found here

Enabling Women is a 5-day leadership program just for women with disabilities. The next program is coming up in Bendigo in early 2016.

For further information refer to the Enabling Women Brochure and Prospectus. Please call Jane Oldfield or Cath McNamara on 03 9286 7800 for further details.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Women with Disabilities Victoria is located - the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation