Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is an organisation of women with disabilities, for women with disabilities.
Our Vision is a world where all women are respected and can fully experience life.
Our Mission is to advance real social and economic inclusion for women with disabilities in Victoria. We will:
We recognise that as women with disabilities we are among the most marginalised in our community. This is because the intersection of gender inequality and disability presents a situation of multiple levels of discrimination. This is where we focus our efforts.
We know that women with disabilities are strong and resilient. We have unique knowledge and understandings, and we make great leaders, because we draw on wisdom gained through our experience of discrimination and other challenges.
We do not provide support or advocacy to individuals with disability or their families. We do not provide individual advice or advocacy regarding NDIS plans or meetings.
We do run programs, work with government on developing policies, and work alongside services to remove barriers for women with disabilities.
Should you need assistance with personal circumstances, we encourage you to first contact WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc.). WIRE are the only Victoria-wide free generalist information, support and referral service run by women for women.They have a wide ranging database of services to which they can refer women needing support.
For further support, information, and secondary consultation, please refer to the options below. These referral options relate to anyone who may have experienced, is currently experiencing or has witnessed violence, abuse or neglect.
Animated video with accompanying image description document introducing viewers to 6 keystones for how we understand disability and how we want others to understand disability: (1) the social model of disability, (2) the human rights model of disability, (3) gender equality, (4) intersectionality, (5) centring lived experience, and (6) disability pride. When these 6 keystones are in place, we can work together for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Women with Disabilities Victoria acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants and traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and work. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. The WDV community is committed to honouring the unique cultural and spiritual relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with the land and waters, and their rich contribution to society.