International Women’s Day 2012

8 03 2012

This post is dedicated to the International Women’s Day, which is held today, worldwide. While the aim of this global day is to celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, I wish to focus (how surprising…) on the  women with disability.

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) is known throughout the world for her unusual and colorful paintings and for her activities in Mexican political causes which led to her joining the Communist Party. Ms. Kahlo is remembered because of her courageous, ambitious and colorful personality. The fact that she had a disability (a disability that stemmed from childhood polio and a bus accident when she was eighteen) is mainly refered when people discuss her art which sometimes reflected the physical pain she suffered through most of her life.

Unlike Ms. Kahlo, many women (with or without a disability) can not actual their potential and to achieve their life goals due to exclusion, discrimination, prejudice etc, let alone women with disabilities that double stigma/exclusion/discrimination significantly reduce their life opportunities and their chances to actual their potential. That is to say, not only that women with disabilities have to cope with the objective difficulties of the disability, they have to deal with disability-related stigma and gender-related stigma.

This is the problem. The possible solutions would be presented in the next post. In the meantime you are more than welcome to suggest ways to improve the situation.

Happy International Women’s Day and Happy Purim!