Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2001 – 2005

‘A feminist/gendered critique of the intersections of race and disability: the Australian experience’ – by Associate Professor Helen Meekosha (2005)  [PDF]  [Word]

Colonial settler societies, such as Australia and Canada, are characterised by tensions between settler and indigenous communities, and among the ethnic hierarchies inside the settler blocs, to which states respond with a variety of strategies. An examination of the intersection of ethnicity, race, gender and disability points to a significant challenge for all colonial settler societies. In a society that espouses egalitarian social philosophies, how are these multiple dimensions of difference together contained by the state, and how is such containment negotiated and resisted by those individuals and communities thus constrained? This is an ambitious question and dangers of reductionism exist, yet as this paper will attempt to demonstrate intercategorical analysis is an necessary prerequisite for a more holistic project of social justice and social change. Copyright 2005.

‘Gender and Disability: A Survey of InterAction Member Agencies Findings and Recommendations on Inclusion of Women and Men with Disabilities in International Development Programs’ – by Mobility International USA (2005) [PDF]

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) conceived and undertook the research project, Building an Inclusive Development Agenda: A Survey of Inclusion of People with Disabilities Among InterAction Member Agencies to document the extent to which people with disabilities, particularly women and girls with disabilities, participate in the international development assistance process. The intended purpose of the research was to inform and support strategies that will improve awareness of disability concerns generally and increase participation of people with disabilities, particularly women and girls with disabilities, in the international development programs operated by InterAction member agencies. Copyright 2005.

Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Gender and Disability’ – by Helen Meekosha (2004) [PDF]

Why do we need to understand about gender in disability studies? What is the relationship between gender and disability? How are men’s and women’s experience of disability similar or different? Indeed are gender and disability such different concepts given that women have been seen as deformed men and disability is often associated with femininity? In order to understand these relationships we must examine the meaning of gender. Copyright 2004.

‘Women with Disabilities: Accessing Trade’ – by Deborah Stienstra, Colleen Watters, Hugh Grant, Hui-Mei Huang and Lindsey Troschuk (Canada) (2004) [PDF]

This study investigates how trade in health services and assistive devices affected women with disabilities and how women entrepreneurs with disabilities are able to access trade services and information. The project looks historically at the changes to these three areas over the past decade and identifies obstacles and benefits for women with disabilities from trade relationships, particularly with the United States. This report addresses the key research question: How can Canadian trade policies ensure access and inclusion for women with disabilities? It also highlights the major issues of concern to women with disabilities both as consumers and as entrepreneurs. The report makes policy recommendations for concrete measures that can be undertaken by governments and private sector organizations to address these concerns. Copyright 2004.

Council of Europe: ‘Discrimination against women with disabilities’ – by Maria Leonor Beleza (2003) [PDF]

This text was prepared for the Second European Conference of Ministers responsible for integration policies for people with disabilities, held in Malaga on 7 and 8 May 2003. The Project included the identification and analysis of factors causing discrimination against women with disabilities, taking account of their own perceptions and the proposal of appropriate instruments, measures and actions to achieve equality of opportunity for women with disabilities. Copyright 2003.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland: ‘Disabled Women in Northern Ireland: Situation, Experiences and Identity’ (2003)  [PDF]  [Word]

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland conducted this research on the situation, experience and identity of disabled women. The primary aim of the research was to sketch a profile of the multiple identity group, disabled women; in simple terms, to answer the question ‘How do people in this group define themselves?’ The focus is to consider how people understand and perceive their identity. The research included: an examination of existing quantitative datasets; a literature review of recent research on disabled women; and focus group discussions with disabled women and representatives of the health sector. Copyright 2003.

‘Disability, Gender and Power: Finding a Useful Theoretical Framework and an Appropriate Methodology’ – by Rita Kwiotek [Word]

This paper describes the process of developing a theoretical framework and identifying an appropriate methodology for researching complex, multi-dimensional power structures, exploring and revealing the absence of the voices and concerns of Irish disabled women from two social movements in Ireland, i.e. the women’s movement and the disability movement. The shortcomings and limitations of the social model of disability are addressed from a feminist-disability-theory perspective and possible alternative approaches are suggested. Copyright.

Final Report of the UN ESCAP Workshop on Women and Disability: Promoting Full Participation of Women with Disabilities in the Process of Elaboration on an International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (Bangkok 2003)  [PDF]  [Word]

This document details the proceedings from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) Workshop on Women and Disability, held over 5 days in Bangkok in 2003. The Workshop focused on the need for the proposed UN Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, to be so structured and its provisions elaborated in a manner that girls and women with disabilities enjoy the full range of human rights and freedom with dignity and without any discrimination. Copyright 2003.

‘Learning from experience: Strengthening organisations of women with disabilities’ [Solidez, Nicaragua] – by One World Action (2001) [PDF]

In 1991 the nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Solidez Nicaragua, established the Women with Disabilities Programme, which strengthened the organisation’s gender perspective. Developing this programme has been an important learning process for Solidez and for the women with disabilities involved. The aim of this profile is to highlight and analyse the lessons that they learnt, in four areas: 1) Organisational work and projects; 2) Empowerment and personal growth; 3) Awareness raising; and 4) Advocacy. Copyright 2001.