On Wednesday 9 February, we launched Changing the landscape: A national resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities.
The event was emceed by Our Watch Ambassador Drisana Levitzke-Gray, with an Acknowledgement of Country by Birri-Gubba/Urangan woman Jody Barney.
Our speakers included:
- Patty Kinnersly, Our Watch CEO
- Nadia Mattiazzo, Women with Disabilities Victoria CEO
- Dr Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Jen Hargrave, Women with Disabilities Victoria
- Heidi La Paglia, Women with Disabilities Australia
- Ellen Fraser-Barbour, Purple Orange
- Dr Marg Camilleri, Federation University
- Frances Quan Farrant, People with Disability Australia
- Aurore Delcourt, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
- Melissa O’Reilly, Our Watch
Changing the landscape is an evidence-based resource that shows that violence against women and girls with disabilities is preventable, not inevitable.
This national resource names ableism and gender inequality as the two consistent, intersecting drivers of violence against women and girls with disabilities, and sets out the actions needed to address these drivers and stop this violence before it starts.