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This fortnightly email is to keep you updated on the work of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and updated on news related to our priority areas. Contributions to this eNews are welcome, email

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Tune into women with disabilities 'raising our voices' on the airwaves

3CR Radio celebrates the strength of women with disabilities this International Women's Day on the show, 'Raising Our Voices.' This episode of the show is hosted by Lisa and Jane, WDV members. They are joined by WDV's Cath McNamara as a guest.

Listen to the show, learn more about Raising Our Voices Radio Show or connect with the crew from this fantastic radio show via Facebook.

PHOTO: Lisa, Cath and Jane at 3CR Radio presenting 'Raising Our Voices' (thanks to Pauline at AMIDA for the photo)

Your invitation to the March for Women - Melbourne

People are coming together to mark International Women's Day (IWD) with a #March4Women. The IWD Melbourne March will start at 5:30 at Parliament House on the 8th of March.

We would love to see you there. If you can, come along. Some of the WDV team will be there.

Care Australia will be live streaming the event via Facebook.

'Nevertheless she persisted' in social media

You might have heard the buzz about 'Nevertheless she persisted' coming out of the USA. Women Enabled International has shared a disability themed image to add to the buzz. The image (see below) has been popular on social media.

IMAGE shared by Womens Enabled International shows a drawing of a woman who is pink on a white background. She sits on a wheelchair and the image is similar to the wheelchair access logo. She has her hand raised in a fist similar to the familiar feminist symbol. Behind her is the women's symbol.

NDIS Expo - Bendigo

VALID is hosting an Expo about the NDIS with a range of stalls. The aim of this Expo is to inform people about the choices and options available through the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Expo will be: 
Thursday 16th of March 2017
Gate 1, Bendigo Showgrounds,
42-47 Holmes Rd, Bendigo.
NDIS information sessions - Barwon South West

Mpower is running free one hour sessions on the NDIS for small groups. They run all through March and April. For more information see the Mpower flyer.

Peer program for women with disabilities - Ringwood

WDV will be offering the ‘Your Right to Respect Peer Education Program to women with experience of disabilities.

The program will run from the 9th of March on Thursday mornings for 4 weeks between 9:30-1:00pm in Ringwood.

The program offers opportunities to explore respectful relationships, experiences of being a woman and women’s and disability rights.

For more information please contact Bianca, 9286 7809 /, or see


Money minded training - free

Money Minded is a free adult education program which aims to help people take control of their money. The program builds financial knowledge and skills in areas including:
  • budgeting
  • setting goals
  • dealing with debt
  • planning for the future, and
  • consumer rights and responsibilities.
Training is FREE and runs through the year at Craigieburn, Epping, Fitzroy and Frankston. Find more information or book for Money Minded training.

Update on Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Due for completion in late 2018, the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children's Hospital will be located on the eastern side of the Sunshine Hospital. The new hospital will include:
  • 20 labour delivery rooms,
  • 39 Special Care Nursery cots,
  • 64 women’s inpatient beds,
  • 32 children’s inpatient beds, 
  • four operating theatres and additional outpatient clinics.
As part of the project, 55 existing acute adult inpatient beds at Sunshine Hospital will also be refurbished. The new hospital will consolidate inpatient and outpatient women’s and children’s services at Western Health and will enable more women and families in Melbourne’s west to give birth and access children’s services closer to home.
WDV Board Members and Members attended consultations about the hospital's development, and we look forward to seeing disability across the hospital's services and buildings.

Forum: The rights of people with disability detained for compulsory treatment: social work and legal perspectives from the UK and Australia

The Disability Research Initiative invites you to an afternoon discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities who are detained for compulsory treatment. The seminar will compare UK and Australian approaches and explore social work, legal, academic and lived perspectives.

Wednesday, 8th March, Parkville. RSVP to the University of Melbourne.

Show your support for fair rental laws in Victoria

The Victorian Government is reviewing our Residential Tenancies Act which controls safety, security and privacy for 1.2 million Victorian tenants.

This is a rare opportunity to make positive changes to these laws, but we are also at risk of seeing consumer protections for tenants weakened. If this happens, the most vulnerable people will be hit hardest.

You can sign a petition to show support to:
  • Improve security of tenure
  • Protect tenant health and safety
  • Protect privacy
  • Protect low-income and vulnerable tenants
  • Rule out punitive measures.
We join the calls for affordable, secure rental properties. We also absolutely need to see rental options with disability access.

Is '50 Shades of Grey' a romance?

Jasmine is a woman with a disability who is passionate about human rights. She shared her views on the book and the movie, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' with WDV:

"If the male character wasn't rich it wouldn't be seen as a romance. If he was living in a caravan it would be a CSI episode."

PHOTO: Jasmine

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