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A Message from WDV CEO Leah van Poppel
Hello again, and welcome to another edition of eNews! We've had a lot of good news in Victoria over the past two weeks, with lots of double doughnut days of zero new cases and zero deaths. That means restrictions have been changing across the state - you can find links to the latest updates from DHHS in this edition. Opening up may seem like wonderful news to some of us, but I also want to acknowledge that some women with disabilities will continue to live the same way - unable to leave their homes, or their beds. Our thoughts are with you, and we will do our best to make sure you continue to be included in our work as we return to face to face activities when we are ready to do so.

In the meantime, we have more activities online for you to engage with! If you're not already coming to our AGM, please register - we'd love to see you there. If you have a passion for access to sexual and reproductive health for women with disabilities, check our recent presentation on the topic. 
WDV event: WDV Annual General Meeting

Our 2020 Annual General Meeting is approaching.

Date: Tuesday 17 November 2020

Time: 12noon–1:30pm

For more information: contact or (03) 9286 7800.

Due to Coronavirus, the meeting will be WDV’s first online only AGM.

We are working hard to make sure the event is as accessible as possible, and you will be invited to give us your feedback after the event.

View the Save The Date Notice (Microsoft Word version)

WDV speak as part of an online forum series on reproductive coercion

In August, WDV staff Zoe and Tess spoke as part of a two-part webinar series, Addressing reproductive coercion: Access and Equity III presented by Women's Health Victoria and Women's Health in the North. These webinars explored the issue of reproductive coercion and the intersection of sexual and reproductive health and violence against women.

Held on 27 August 2020, the second webinar focussed on the nuances of reproductive coercion as experienced by women with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and migrant and refugee women.  There was consideration of reproductive coercion,  a form of interpersonal/intimate partner violence and of structural or institutional violence.

Watch the WDV presentation on YouTube
DHHS release new Coronavirus resources

Easy English

Current restrictions

  • Third Step from 28 October – the rules for people living in metropolitan Melbourne (all of Melbourne).

Changes to restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, Step 3 restrictions now apply – Easy English (PDF)

  •   Third Step from 28 October - the rules for people living in regional Victoria (outside of metropolitan Melbourne).

Changes to restrictions in regional Victoria, Step 3 restrictions now apply – Easy English (PDF)

Frequently asked questions about wearing face mask

These and other resources in accessible format will continue to be updated as restrictions change. They will be shared as soon as they become available.

Read the DHHS Coronavirus resources
Our Right to Safety Online Workshops

Over the past two months, WDV’s Regional Hubs in Geelong and Warrnambool and a local group in Outer Eastern Melbourne have hosted Our Right to Safety Workshops. This year, the workshops have been held online with the wonderful support of Hub Leaders and Yarra Ranges Council. Groups of women, who all have different experiences, have talked about what safety and respect means to them. We’ve shared ideas with each other about how to be safe. We’ve also talked about ways we can recover if we have experienced violence or abuse. More than 15 women who identify as having disability have participated, and we have had the support of the Centre Against Sexual Assault for each of our workshops. It has been great to share about places where women with disability can get help if they experience violence. It has been a big team effort to take the Our Right to Safety Workshops online. Deb Haygarth in Geelong and Lou Hollis in Warrnambool have done some amazing work.

As women with disability, together we have empowered each other to talk about this important topic even at the most challenging time. If you need help or support you can all 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or go to They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Respect, Inclusion and Equality: Building Workforce Capacity to Prevent Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria are hosting an event to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities.

We would like workforces working with women with disabilities to join us

We will be showcasing our new workforce development resources along with a panel discussion on prevention of violence against women with disabilities.

  • Presentation from CEO launching new resources
  • Presentation on prevention of violence against women with disabilities
  • Panel presentation and audience Q&A on respect for women with disabilities


Date: Thursday 3 December 2020

Time: 10am–12pm

Location: via Zoom

Cost: Free

Register: by 26 November via Eventbrite via

For more information contact Nicole Smith on

View the Event Flyer (Microsoft Word version)
Empowering Young Women with Disability Program

WDV is supporting City of Whittlesea - Baseline for Young People to deliver Empowering Young Women with Disability. This is a FREE 5 week online program for young women with disabilities who live, work, study, and/or play in the City of Whittlesea.

Follow the link, or contact Jansu on
0467 778 826 or at

View the Empowering Young Women with Disability Flyer (Microsoft Word version)

Survey for the Premises Standards 2010 review

The Australian Government is conducting an online survey for the Premises Standards 2010 review (Access to Premises).
The survey closes on 30th November. The survey should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete.
Participate in the Survey

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