We Are Women Too

// 10 March 2010

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This video is of Eleanor Lisney and Michelle Daley, talking at Million Women Rise at the weekend, about disabled women’s lives. About the reality of domestic violence committed against disabled women, including individual women’s accounts, and about Fiona Pilkington who killed herself and her disabled daughter after being unable to get help against the abuse and intimidation they were suffering. About refuge provision – scarce at the best of times, and accessible provision being almost non-existent. About the particular vulnerability of disabled women when it comes to sexual assault and brutality in care homes or by carers, and the difficulties in reporting and being heard, as well as barriers to accessing services. And about multiple identities, and how disabled women can experience multiple discrimination from within the disability movement, other women, the community and society.

(Please be aware this video could be triggering, it contains descriptions of domestic violence and sexual assault)

“It is about raising the voices of our disabled sisters. It is also about ensuring our recognition within this struggle for human rights. […] We all have a responsibility to ensure that disabled women are recognised, and respected, as equals within this struggle, and all our voices to be heard. We are women too.”

[Edited to add – There are transcripts of these speeches here, thank you so much to Eleanor, one of the speakers, for letting us know, and to Felix Gonzalez for making the videos and doing the transcription. More transcripts of speeches of the day will be published at http://connectculture.wordpress.com/ in due course.]

Comments From You

Amy Clare // Posted 10 March 2010 at 12:42 pm

Very moving video Philippa, thanks for posting. (Might be worth a trigger warning though, for the descriptions of DV?)

Philippa Willitts // Posted 10 March 2010 at 12:45 pm

Good point, trigger warning added.

eleanor // Posted 12 March 2010 at 10:46 pm

Thank you for mentioning our speech,


IrrationalPoint // Posted 13 March 2010 at 1:00 am

Excellent video. Thanks. Do you happen to have a transcript?


Philippa Willitts // Posted 13 March 2010 at 10:13 am

Eleanor – You’re very welcome. Thank you for making such an incredible speech!

Philippa Willitts // Posted 13 March 2010 at 10:17 am

Irrational Point – Not at the moment, but we are trying to transcribe videos we post so I’ll get onto it and see what I can do :)

eleanor // Posted 13 March 2010 at 11:18 am

Felix Gonzalez, who did the videos so beautifully, is working on transcripts and providing captions. Can you keep an eye on my blog http://connectculture.wordpress.com/ when he has it done, I will announce it there. We didnt have time to put it out at the same time. He worked to get them out the next day, bless him.

eleanor // Posted 13 March 2010 at 11:21 am

oh by the way, transcripts for this particular video (Michelle and my speech) is at http://connectculture.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/million-women-rise/

Philippa Willitts // Posted 13 March 2010 at 11:31 am

Thank you so much, Eleanor, I have edited the post with a link to the transcript. And big thanks to Felix too!

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