Magazine article Herizons

[Across Borders: Women with Disabilities Working Together]

Magazine article Herizons

[Across Borders: Women with Disabilities Working Together]

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If you are a woman living with a disability, or just a caring, curious and sensitive able bodied female feeling somewhat isolated, you will find Across Borders: Women with Disabilities Working Together an encouraging and empowering read. This is a compilation of more than 35 stories, poems, and reports from the 1995 NGO Women's Conference in Beijing by women with disabilities (WWDs), primarily from Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, Asia and a few from the US. Upon reading Across Borders, any sense of isolation you may have is swept away. You will discover WWDs worldwide are indeed organizing, among each other, within their countries, and among each other across borders. Disabled women are uniting in partnerships, and this is happening in every region of the world. Together, we are revealing our talents and moving ahead," the editors say in the introduction. You get a series of stories documenting the efforts and experiences of WWDs working together and forming self-help groups. It is not a how-to collection of experiences, but more of a report card of what is happening, where. The stories vary. There are very in-depth, pithy reports from Monica Bartley of Jamaica about WWDs in her country and from Cathy Lysack of Canada about WWDs in Indonesia. E. Catherine Boldt's brief interview of Maomy Ruth Esiba of Kenya reveals the struggles WWDs in Africa face. Through personal storytelling, Judy Heumann offers a glimpse of the disability rights movement's beginnings in America. …

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