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(organized by language categories, in alphabetical order)


Canada:  How Canadian Prisons Discriminate against Women with Disabilities.

This important statement is part of a human rights complaint focusing on women in the Canadian prison system.
Click to read Q & A: How Are Women With Disabilities Discriminated Against? (Link will open in new window.)

DAWN Ontario: A progressive, volunteer-driven, feminist organization dedicated to Social & Economic Justice and the Advancement of Equality Rights of Women with Disabilities

DAWN works towards access, equity & full participation of Women with disAbilities through public education, coalition-building, lobbying, self-advocacy, resource development and information & communication technology.  DAWN Ontario is the only provincial, feminist, cross-disAbility organization in Ontario providing leadership in advocating for Inclusion and Equality of Women with DisAbilities.   Click to go to DAWN Ontario website

Disabled People's International (DPI)

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)   (new website)

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) launches its new website: www.yorku.ca/drpi (Link will open in new window.)

DRPI is a collaborative project to build capacity to monitor the human rights situation of people with disabilities worldwide. The web site explains the history of the project and its current status, provides an introduction to a human rights approach to disability, and includes a brief overview of the United Nations human rights system. The final report on DRPI's Phase I research is also available on the site.  DRPI aims to build on increasing international recognition of disability as a human rights issue. The project will work collaboratively with disability rights organizations and human rights advocates to facilitate the collection of disability rights data and to encourage participation in the activities of the international and regional human rights mechanisms. DRPI is directed by Dr. Marcia Rioux of York University, Toronto and Dr. Bengt Lindqvist, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability 1994-2002.

The project has three central focus areas for monitoring: an individual violations focus: fact-finding with respect to alleged human rights abuses; a systems focus--analyzing legislative frameworks, case law, and government policies and programmes; a media focus-- tracking disability imagery and coverage

Visit the new Disability Rights Promotion International website for more information. (Link will open in new window.)
Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI), York University, 214 York Lanes, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.  tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 20718 fax: 416-736-5986; e-mail: drpi@yorku.ca

Disability World (New):  Delivers News, Interviews & Articles

From Afghanistan to Yugoslavia: first good read of the summer

June 16, 2004: What is a social entrepreneur? Has there been any progress on the UN disability convention? Is there such a thing as a disability-friendly telethon? Read up on these issues, plus news about disability developments in 20 countries in the just-posted 23rd issue of the international online magazine: Disability World (Link will open in new window.)

Disability World is a collaborative project of the World Institute on Disability, Rehabilitation International, Independent Living Research Utilization and the Inter-American Institute on Disability, supported by a grant from the U.S. National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research.

To contribute articles in English: E-mail: editor@disabilityworld.org;  and in Spanish: E-mail: espanol@disabilityworld.org

d-WILD -- Women's International Linkage on Disability: An international e-mail list service for WOMEN with disabilities and WOMEN allies

Over 150 women from more than 21 countries exchange experiences, information, and ideas on issues related to women with disabilities.  Click to read more about d-WILD

Gender and Disability: Selected Scholarly Writings of Dr. Tanis Doe

Dr. Tanis Doe, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington School of Public Health and also from Victoria, is an educator and researcher on issues impacting women and children with disabilities.  Click to read some of Dr. Doe's papers (Link will open in new window.)

Remembering Dr. Tanis Doe

Parents with Disabilities Online

Founded and operated by Trish Day, a mother of two small children and a wheelchair user, this site offers information, support and resources to disabled people who have, or are considering having, children.   Click to go to Parents with Disabilities Online website

U.N. Enable: Gender and Women with Disabilities

This United Nations website includes U.N. documents, reports, and articles by experts about the status of disabled women around the world.   Click to go to U.N. Enable website

Violence and Disabled Women

by Iglesias, M.; Gil, G.; Joneken, A.; Mickler, B.; Knudsen, J.S., METIS project, European Unión DAPHNE initiative, 1998   Click to go to "Violence and Disabled Women" (Link will open in new window.)

Violence against Women with Disabilities, written by the Alberta (Canada) Committee of Citizens with Disabilities.

Click to read Violence against Women with Disabilities (Link will open in a new window.)

Whirlwind Women: A Women's Wheelchair Building Project of Whirlwind Wheelchair International at San Francisco State University

Whirlwind Women involves women with disabilities in designing and manufacturing wheelchairs in countries where wheeled mobility is scarce. Founded in 1994, Whirlwind Women's first activity introduced women with disabilities to wheelchair building at the NGO Forum of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. We have since supported women with disabilities interested in Whirlwind wheelchair production in Uganda, Kenya, and Mexico. Independent women-run Whirlwind production shops are now a reality in Kampala and Nairobi, and a group of women with disabilities has embarked upon the second stage of intensive preproduction training in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.   Click to go to Whirlwind Women website

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia. It is a federating body of individuals and networks in each State and Territory of Australia and is made up of women with disabilities and associated organisations. The national secretariat is located in Tasmania. WWDA is run by women with disabilities, for women with disabilities. It is the only organisation of its kind in Australia and one of only a very small number internationally. WWDA is inclusive and does not discriminate against any disability. WWDA seeks to ensure opportunities in all walks of life for all women with disabilities. In this it aims to increase awareness of, and address issues faced by, women with disabilities in the community. WWDA seeks to ensure the advancement of education of society to the status and needs of women with disabilities in order to promote equity, reduce suffering, poverty, discrimination and exploitation of women with disabilities. WWDA is unique, in that it operates as a national disability organisation; a national women's organisation; and a national human rights organisation.   Click to go to the Women With Disabilities Australia website

Womyn's Braille Press, Inc.: Catalog of Literature on Tape and in Braille, Updated 1996

W.B.P. produced feminist literature on tape and in Braille with the help of dozens of volunteers for nearly fifteen years. The catalog contains over 800 books.   Click to go to the Womyn's Braille Press Catalog


El Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad (IID)

Temas de la mujer   Chasque aquí: El Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad (el acoplamiento se abrirá en página nueva.)

Violencia y la Mujer con Discapacidad

informe por Iglesias, M.; Gil, G.; Joneken, A.; Mickler, B.; Knudsen, J.S., Proyecto METIS, iniciativa DAPHNE de la Union Europea , 1998   Chasque aquí: Violencia y la Mujer con Discapacidad (el acoplamiento se abrirá en página nueva.)


Women with Disabilities Empathy: A South Korean Disabled Women's Organization

Click to go to Women with Disabilities Empathy website (website is in Korean)
E-mail: wdc21@hananet.net


"Self-empowerment for Women with Disabilities in Pakistan"

Click to read "Self-empowerment for Women with Disabilities in Pakistan," a paper presented by Zahida Lari, Ph.D., at the International Special Education Congress, 2000 (Link will open in new window.)

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