Disabled Women on the Web

Disabled Women on the Web

International

WOMEN

Eileen Giron

Eileen Giron has polio, uses a wheelchair and is one of El Salvador's most effective disability rights leaders. She is the Executive Director of a work co-op of people with disabilities producing and selling pottery and providing some basic services to disabled people outside the co-op. El Salvador, is currently in reconstruction after a bloody civil war, and Giron describes the experiences of those with disabilities during and after the war and how she acquired a disability consciousness and developed her organization amid difficult conditions. See radio interview and print transcript.

Farhat Rehman

Women who have disabilities are among the poorest and most pollitically marginalized people in the world. However, they are also among the most resourceful. Farhat Rehman facilitates a group called Promotion of Women's Employment and Rehabilitation, POWER. In this program she tells us about the lives of disabled women in Pakistan and how the women are working to improve conditions.
See radio interview and print transcript.

Lizzie Longsho

Lizzie Longsho is the Coordinator of women's groups for the National Council of Persons with Disabilities of Zimbabwe. In this capacity, Longsho has first-hand experiences with the conditions of disabled women in Zimbabwe and other parts of Southern Africa. In this interview she discusses the everyday lives of her constituents and emphasizes the need for reproductive health education and choice for women with disabilities.
See radio interview and print transcript.

Margaret Orach

Since the International Campaign to Ban Landmines won the Nobel Peace Prize, we hear more in the news reports about the victims/survivors of landmines. But the people who are the most devastated by them are the one's we hear about the least, women and children. Margaret Orach became an amputee in 1998 in her native Uganda. A landmine blew apart the van she was traveling in. In this program she tells us about her own experience as a woman landmine survivor and about those of other women whose stories need to be told.
See radio interview and print transcript.

McClaine Musheka

This program examines the problem of violence and sexual assault of deaf women in Southern Africa. McClaine Musheka helped organize the first pan-African conference of deaf people and discusses this important meeting as well as her own story as a deaf African woman. Her remarks follow those of United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright on U.S. Government policy and violence against women with disabilities.
See radio interview and print transcript.

Remat Fazelbhoy

Remat Fazelbhoy and her three sisters were born albino, meaning that their skin, hair and eyes had no pigmentation. In 1920's India, having albinism with its visual impairment, white skin and hair set them apart from their society and their family. In this program, Remat Fazelbhoy explains how she became educated in spite of the prejudice around her and introduced many of the techniques of integrated education for people with disabilities that are still used in India today.
See radio interview and print transcript.

Shanor Forbes and Ranjana Kulkarni

Many women in India who acquire a disability after they are married are abandoned by their husbands. Sometimes they also lose their children but the two women in this program are proof that it doesn¹t have to be that way. Shanor Forbes and Ranjana Kulkarni are both wives, mothers and quadriplegic. Also, they both chose to return to their native India where accessibility is still a far off dream.
See radio interview and print transcript.

IMPORTANT WORKS:

Disabled Women: Disability Awareness in Action, Resource Kit #6

International Leadership for Women with Disabilities, June 1997, Final Report

Pengra, L. M., & Godfrey, J. G. (2001). Different Boundaries, Different Barriers: Disability Studies and Lakota Culture (Summer 2001, Volume 21, No. 3), [online journal]. Disability Studies Quarterly. Available: [2003, 9-29-2003].

Violence and Disabled Women” [Europe]

Women and Disability (Dr. Fatima Shah, Pakistan,, Zohra Rajah,Mauritius, Diane Driedger)

RESOURCES: LINKS

National Disability Arts Forum (UK) - Includes database of EUROPEAN artists with disabilities - as well as some
wonderful photographs of artists work (and artists at work).

O’Toole, C.J. (2000) Women: Disabled Women And Independent Living in Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Russia, South Africa and Uganda. Disability World, August-September 2000, Issue No. 4

RESOURCES: BIBLIOGRAPHY

Dreidger, Diane, Dueck, Susan, & Gray, Susan (Eds). (1992) Imprinting Our Images: An International Anthology by Women with Disabilities. Gynergy Books/Ragweed Press, 1992

Nakanishi, Y. O. (1998). Situation of women with disabilities in Asia. In B. Duncan & R. B. Bieler (Eds.), International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities: Final Report. New York: Rehabilitation International.

O'Toole, C.J. & Bregante, J.L. (1993c). Identifying Barriers to the inclusion of disabled women in the international women's movement. Paper presented at the Fifth International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, San Jose, Costa Rica, February 22-25, 1993.

Women with Disabilities in Asia - Request the issue of Women in Action No. 2, 2001 by mail from Isis-International-Manila, P.O. Box 1837, Quezon City Main, Quezon City 1100, Philippines or via email communications@isiswomen.org

 

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