We Are Women Too
Philippa Willitts // 10 March 2010
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.]