Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program Update
A five day Gender and Disability Workforce Development Train the Trainer Program was successfully delivered over three weeks in May 2014.
WDV recruited 11 women with disabilities with diverse lived and professional experience, and 11 professional trainers with gender equity training and/or violence prevention and response experience to undertake our Train the Trainer Program in co-facilitation of our gender and disability equity training package â€œHuman Rights and Quality Services: What does gender have to do with it?â€.
A selection of co-facilitators will go on to deliver the training to Disability Support Workers, Mangers and Senior Executives at two pilot sites in Victoria.
The mix of facilitators undertaking the program has significantly contributed to initiating cross sector work in gender and disability equity, linking the multitude of services and sectors participating in the training to collaborate alongside women with disabilities.
One participant spoke about how she linked with another participant in her area to inform her organisationâ€™s disability action plan.
â€œThe wisdom in the room, people sharing their stories. I was asking her (participant) about the action plan for my workplace â€¦ and she gave me all this amazing information that I never would have thought about. And that was really importantâ€
Deb Nicholson and David Ellis (Response Training & Consulting) delivered the training that included:
- Gender and disability and the inequalities that exist
- Frameworks and practice in preventing violence against women
- Integral skills needed to co-facilitate and deliver training to diverse groups of people
Participants also attended the Voices Against Violence research launch. The call to action generated from this event framed the days of training to follow.
Some of the most significant learning opportunities within the training arose from the experiential and interactive processes that enabled participants to deeply examine their own perceptions of their role as co-facilitators in gender and disability equity training. The rich and robust discussion generated by the diversity of participants was a vital aspect of the training.
â€œIâ€™ve been working in a silo, and itâ€™s great to see different connections, new connections that have been made, and everyone working towards the same goal that we could have and should have been working towards for a long time.â€ - training participant.
The training utilised a co-facilitation model, bringing together women with disabilities with a diversity of lived and professional experience and professional trainers within the prevention of violence against women sector, is an innovative new approach to combine the knowledge and lived experience of both these groups. The shared knowledge gives strength to the training delivery, as well as voices of women with disabilities.
As one participant noted â€œWorking with people with disabilities, and without disabilities, and being on an equal footing and being able to work togetherâ€¦ I donâ€™t know where else itâ€™s been done beforeâ€
WDV is very excited about the future of the program, and the delivery of training to the pilot sites in the coming months. The training is one aspect of the broader Gender and Disability Workforce Development project, and as facilitator Councillor Colleen Furlanetto said â€œThe training has not been training, itâ€™s been building and empowering the sectorâ€
For more information, you can Download the reflections on the training from co-facilitators Colleen Furlanatto and Mat Kerr.
United Nations Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Human rights issues affecting Australian women with disabilities in focus for a CEDAW Shadow Report consultation
YWCA Australia and partners are running consultations for Australia's report to the United Nations Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In May a Victorian consultation was held in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria, with a focus on the rights of women with disabilities.
Rachel Ball from the Human Rights Legal Centre presented on how CEDAW works and can be used. Jackie Huggins facilitated a consultation with women with disabilities and others committed to progressing the rights of women with disabilities. It was great to see WDV members and associate members involved in this consultation, and see some new faces - even some from interstate.
In discussion there was a strong focus on the rights of Aboriginal women with disabilities, women experiencing mental illness, and women from culturally diverse backgrounds.
The release of the Voices Against Violence research (link) findings is timely for referencing in the report. The discussion held will feed directly into the development of the CEDAW Shadow Report.
The report will be available in late 2014.
To learn more about CEDAW see the UN Women Australia Fact Sheet https://unwomen.org.au/sites/default/files/UNW_CEDAW%20Fact%20Sheet_web.pdf
Work Education Training
Are you looking for work?
WDV in partnership with 4GR is delighted to offer an opportunity to attend work education training.
4GR works with people who may be joining the workforce for the first time, or perhaps facing barriers returning to work.
Navigating your way around the job market can be frustrating.
4GR supports students through a 12 â€“ 16 week class based programme and work placement. They strive to get the best outcomes for each of student.
Students receive individual attention with class numbers capped at 10 and two 4GR staff in the classroom at all times. Training is about the students and their needs, building your self-confidence and fulfilling your goals.
Success looks different for each student. They work closely with each individual to ensure outcomes are personalised and relevant.
The program will be provided at no cost to WDV members.
The next womenâ€™s only course starts on Monday 7th July which will run on a Monday and Tuesday for 12 â€“ 16 weeks (depending on numbers and needs).
The venue will be in Caulfield.
Want to know more?
Contact: Sharon Granek
Phone: 9286 7802
Gillian Baldwin 0407 890 236
Beth Evans 0402 243 025
For more information, about the training program itself, please download the 4GR training brochure.
Fair Agenda - what the budget means for women with disabilities
A Fair Agenda is an independent community advocacy organisation working to bring about a fair and equal future for women.
They are looking at how this yearâ€™s budget will have an impact on women.
The future of the budget â€” and the controversial measures â€” will be determined by our parliament in coming days.
Soon, MPs and Senators will have to decide exactly which measures theyâ€™ll fight for â€” and understanding the impact theyâ€™ll have on the people living in their electorates will be critical to those decisions.
We need to ensure the voices and stories of women with disabilities is heard.
We ask you to tell WDV what the Federal budget means for you.
Please tell us:
How these budget measures will impact on you and your community?
We will forward your story to a Fair Agenda who will deliver your messages to key decision makers before they cast their votes on these issues.
You can fill out this form to let us know your thoughts.
Thatâ€™s all you need to do.
If you have any questions or want assistance to tell your story please contact
Sharon Granek., Program Manager
Phone: 9286 7802
For more information about what the federal budget will mean for women with disabilities, please visit our website.