Friday 22 December 2017

Save the date!

Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 2pm for a 2.30pm start
Location: PWC Barangaroo, One International Towers Sydney, Watermans Quay, Barangaroo NSW 2000

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The 25th anniversary of the commencement of the operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) will occur on 1 March 2018.  To celebrate, the Commission will be hosting an event at PWC’s Barangaroo Offices in Sydney on this day.

The theme of the event will be Equality before the Law, as outlined by Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The event will include a facilitated panel discussion on the successes and challenges of the DDA.

The panel will include:

  • Catia Malaquias, Starting with Julius, Attitude Foundation, Down Syndrome Aus, Lawyer WA Govt. Catia is an advocate and carer who has worked to raise awareness through media and advertising.
  • Carolyn Frohmader, Women with Disability Australia. Carolyn has an extensive advocacy background, with a particular focus on women with disability. She has increased awareness of issues of injustice for women and girls with disabilities and worked tirelessly to counter discrimination on the basis of gender and disability.
  • Damian Griffis, CEO FPDN. Damian is an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples perspectives and experiences with disability

A well-known MC and further panellists to be announced.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, will also be in attendance.

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar is a lawyer and human rights advocate with extensive experience in disability issues at both national and international levels. Before becoming the first Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Devandas Aguilar worked in Strategic Partnerships with the Disability Advocacy Fund and at the UN Secretariat unit responsible for the CRPD.

Ms Devandas Aguilar has focused on the rights of women with disabilities and the rights of indigenous peoples with disabilities, and wishes to promote the importance of supporting states to fulfil their obligations under the CRPD.


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