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20051101 A voice of our own Advocacy by women with disability in Australia and the Pacific


20051101 A voice of our own Advocacy by women with disability in Australia and the Pacific


Women with disability do not generally benefit from international human-rights laws and agreements, or from development discourse and practice. The interconnection between disability and gender identity is largely invisible within women’s rights, disability rights, and development agendas. For women with disability in the Asia and Pacific region, this is particularly evident for Pacific women and within Australia, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This article discusses these issues in the context of People With Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA)’s advocacy approach to disability, gender, and development. It also describes PWDA’s engagement with women’s human-rights projects, which has formed part of its advocacy strategy to develop a voice for Australian and Pacific women with disability.