Journalism Competition focuses on the lives of disabled girls

The Guardian (UK) have announced an International Development Journalism Competition for stories that will feature the challenges faced by disabled girls.

They are asking:

  • what are the challenges disabled girls face in accessing their rights under the UNCRC and UNCRPD.
  • to what extent are NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) and national governments meeting the needs and rights of disabled girls?
  • are all the different types of disabilities [impairments] under the UNCRPD being equally included in development programmes and policies?
  • to what extent is gender exacerbating the issue?
  • how can the larger development community ensure that it includes disabled girls within its own policies and programmes?

The deadline for submission is 13th June 2011.

For guidance and more information click here.

DRF News

Details of a Two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship (Canada)

The School of Disability Studies at Toronto’s Ryerson University (Canada) is pleased to announce a two-year post doctoral fellowship to support the scholarly contributions of a disabled woman. The Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral Fellowship seeks to bring to Ryerson’s School of Disability Studies a disabled woman who has graduated in the past five (5) years from any discipline that will advance the interdisciplinary scholarship related to Disability Studies.

The incumbent will be based in the School of Disability Studies and will be expected to:

  • enhance and expand the interdisciplinary nature of the School; 
  • seek opportunities for collaborative research and publication, and
  • deliver an annual public lecture on her research.

The fellowship awards a starting salary of $45,000 plus benefits. Starting date: October 1, 2011 though some flexibility may be negotiated.

To apply for this fellowship, you are asked to send (by May 1, 2011)

  1. A letter of application identifying yourself as a disabled woman;
  2. A program of study demonstrating how your research could advance interdisciplinary scholarship related to Disability Studies;
  3. A statement indicating opportunities for collaborative research and publication within your own discipline as well as more broadly within the academic community of Ryerson University;
  4. A writing sample

For further information on Ryerson University, please visit http://www.ryerson.ca/.

For further information on the School of Disability Studies, please visit http://www.ryerson.ca/ds/

For further information on the Fellowship (and to apply), please contact Dr Melanie Panitch (Director School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University): mpanitch@ryerson.ca


New Book on/by ‘Disabled Women’ Published

A new book – Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader edited by Diane Driedger – has just been published. 

This collection brings together the diverse voices of women with various impairments, both physical and mental. The women speak frankly about the societal barriers they encounter in their everyday lives due to social attitudes and physical and systemic inaccessibility. They bring to light the discrimination they experience through sexism, because they are women, and through ableism, because they have impairments. For them, the personal is definitely political.

Here, Canadian women discuss their lives in the areas of employment, body image, sexuality and family life, society’s attitudes, and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. While society traditionally views having a disability as “weakness” and that women are the “weaker” sex, this collection points to the strength, persistence, and resilience of disabled women living the edges.

Articles include, among others:

  • “Feminism, Disability and Transcendence of the Body” by Susan Wendell
  • “Living on the Edges” by Charlotte Caron and Gail Christy
  • “Mirror Woman: Cracked Up Crazy Bitch Conja Identity” by Marie Annharte Baker;
  • “Margins Are Not For Cowards” by Cheryl Gibson; “Triple Jeopardy: Native Women with Disabilities” by Doreen Demas
  • “Coming Out of Two Closets” by Jane Field; “Performing My Leaky Body” by Julie Devaney
  • “To Be Or Not to Be? Whose  Question Is It, Anyway? Two Women With Disabilities Discuss the Right To Assisted Suicide” by Tanis Doe and Barbara Ladouceu
  • “Living Poorly: Disabled Women on Income Support” by Sally Kimpson
  • “‘Have You Experienced Violence or Abuse?’: Talking With Girls and Young Women with Disabilities” by Michelle Owen
  • “The Geography of Oppression” by Joy Asham

We like to draw your attention, particularly, to the chapter ‘Art, Sticks and Politics’ by the marvellous Nancy Hansen.