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WWDA funding boost to mark International Day of the Girl Child



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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT MINISTER FOR WOMEN MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

11 October 2016

WWDA FUNDING BOOST TO MARK INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

Today is International Day of the Girl Child, a global event recognising the rights of young girls around the world, whilst also acknowledging the ongoing challenges they confront.

Federal Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, announced that the Turnbull Government will provide funding of $42,500 for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to undertake a project to support young girls with disability.

“I am delighted to support the work of Women With Disabilities Australia to inform, empower and inspire young women and girls with disability,” Minister Cash said.

“There are over 100,000 young girls with disability in Australia. Today we recognise that empowering these girls is not only good for the individual, but also for families, communities and society at large.”

The six-month project will help young girls with a disability understand and advocate for their rights.

The funding is in addition to $275,000 provided to WWDA in 2015-16 under the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy.

“Australia will continue to be a strong and committed advocate for gender equality, girls’ empowerment and the advancement of the rights of girls internationally.”

For more information about the Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy visit www.dpmc.gov.au/office-women.

Media contacts Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash: David De Garis 0427 019 692 / Brooke Vitnell 0447 743 835