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Margins to the Mainstream: Preventing Violence Against Women with Disabilities Project

This exciting project aims to elevate the voices of women with disabilities, promote the leadership of women with disabilities, as well as build the capacity of TFER partners in their approaches to the prevention of violence against women with disabilities (PVAWD).

The project is led by Women’s Health East in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) and 6 organisations from the Together For Equality and Respect (TFER) partnership: Access HC, Boroondara City Council, EACH, EDVOS, Inspiro and Yarra Ranges Council.

The project sought  expressions of interest from women in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne, with lived experience of disability to join the project experts group.  Ten women from the eastern region with a wonderful range of skills and experience are now participating in the skills development sessions. The sessions are being delivered on-line from November to January 2021 and will include information and consultation on topics such as;gender equality/ inequality, violence against women and women with disabilities, and representation of women with disabilities. A further 3 sessions will include guest speakers based on group members identified areas of interest. 

In 2021 the project will be:

  • Taking forward a co-design process on messages and materials to prevent violence against women with disabilities 
  • Hosting a Community of Practice as part of the TFER partnership, that has a focus on the prevention of violence against women with disabilities, and is informed by the project experts group
  • Sharing information about the perspectives and experiences of the project experts group and networking with TFER partners about gaps and areas of interest to strengthen in their work on the prevention of violence against women with disabilities. 
  • Providing resources produced through the co-design process to use in messaging about the prevention of violence against women with disabilities
  • Providing a funding opportunity for the development of two projects from TFER partner organisations that focus on the prevention of violence against women with disabilities
  • Providing training opportunities to build capacity for TFER partners to undertake work that contributes to the prevention of violence against women with disabilities

For further information about this project contact Avega abishop@whe.org.au