Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Sisters of Frida CIC is an experimental collective of disabled women. We want a new way of sharing experiences, mutual support and relationships with different networks.
Sisters of Frida started at a meeting when we floated the idea of having a disabled women’s group. It took some time to come together – the co founders were Eleanor Lisney, Michelle Daley, Eleanor Firman, Maria Zedda, Svetlana Kotova, Frieda Van De Poll and Martine Miel. We became a CIC in 2014.
We are seeking to build a/or different networks of disabled women.¬† The barriers and multiple discrimination have not changed, we struggle to have our voices heard as disabled women in our own rights.
We would like a sisterhood, a circle of disabled women to discuss, share experiences and explore intersectional possibilities.
Facebook group (for UK residents) : https://www.facebook.com/groups/sisofrida/
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/sistersoffrida/
Posted on Sunday, April 7th, 2019
¬†On the last week of February, two Sisters of Frida, Rachel O’ Brien and Eleanor Lisney joined other women NGOs for the review of UK government on CEDAW –¬†The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women,¬† often referred to as the ‚Äėwomen‚Äôs bill of rights‚Äô, and it spells out women‚Äôs right to equality and non-discrimination. They were funded by the EHRC to attend the examination.
They met with Ana Pel√°ez Narv√°ez, the only disabled woman on the committee and they spoke on the needs of disabled women and the importance of CEDAW.
Before the event, Eleanor was in the core group steering group in the shadow report prepared by the Women Resource Centre for England (see the shadow reports). We also did our own Shadow Report supported by Women Enabled International and met with Amanda McRae while they were in Geneva.
Ana Pel√°ez Narv√°ez meeting with Rachel and Eleanor from SOF, Janet Veitch, Viv Hayes from WRC and Amanda McRae from Women Enabled International.
Rachel and Eleanor with other delegates from Women NGOs
Rachel speaking to the CEDAW committee
Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
We are proud to be one of the first to be displayed at the new Rawthmells, the RSA‚Äôs 21st century enlightenment coffeehouse. it is an honour!
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is a London-based, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges, with a Fellowship that is a global network of 29,000 people supporting the RSA‚Äôs mission to enrich society through ideas and action.
Rawthmells, the RSA‚Äôs 21st century enlightenment coffeehouse, is a place where Fellows and members of the public can encounter new and inspiring ideas.
Address for the RSA House 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.
(There is a separate entrance for level access entry – ring the doorbell to gain entry.)
Through a system of changing displays, coffeehouse guests will be exposed to the best new ideas from our Fellowship, stories from the archive, briefs and designs from the Student Design Awards, and the work of the Royal Designers for Industry appointed each year.
Changing displays in the Gerard Room, the first room as you enter the coffeehouse, place a spotlight on the innovative and interesting work of Fellows around the world including that of Sisters of Frida’s.
Sisters of Frida were awarded a Catalyst Grant by the RSA in 2016 to run a series of workshops which focused on neglected conversations about disabled women and sexuality. Read more in the blog written by co founder Eleanor Lisney
Do drop in to have a look if you are a RSA Fellow and let us know what you think by commenting below or writing to [email protected]
Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Our celebratory event was a great success – thank you very much for those who did make it and thank you too for those who sent messages / videos because they couldn’t make it.
Watch this space, more videos coming later …and of the Eleanor and Sophie Memorial launch
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Venue for Sisters of Frida celebratory event is
Greenwich Yacht Club
Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Artichoke will hold a series of banner making workshops led by Delaine Le Bas, a cross disciplinary artist who creates installations, performance, photography and film, at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB, on
Saturday 21st April, 14:00 ‚Äď 16:30
Saturday 5th May, 14:00 ‚Äď 16:30
Saturday 19th May, 14:00 ‚Äď 16:30
The nearest accessible tube stop to Blackfriars Settlement is Southwark. Find more information on getting to the venue here.
For this workshop series, Artichoke invite members of Sisters of Frida, led by Delaine Le Bas, to make a unique centenary banner that will express the ideas, concerns and hopes of women in the 21st century. It is an opportunity to learn new skills from an experienced artist, make a unique, expressive banner to last and join thousands of women to celebrate 100 years of women having the vote at PROCESSIONS.
Please note: Participants attending these workshops should commit to attend all three workshops and are also invited to the PROCESSIONS London event on 10 June 2018.
PROCESSIONS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. Artichoke invites women, those who identify as women and non-binary individuals across the UK to come together on the streets of Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10th June 2018 to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century. PROCESSIONS is produced by Artichoke, the UK‚Äôs largest producer of art in the public realm, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK‚Äôs official arts programme for the First World War centenary.
Delaine Le Bas is a cross disciplinary artist creating installations, performance, photography and film. She was one of the sixteen artists who were part of Paradise Lost The First Roma Pavilion Venice Biennale 2007. She worked with her late husband the artist Damian Le Bas on their installations Safe European Home? and projects Gypsy Revolution and Gypsy DaDa. Delaine created Romani Embassy in 2015. Delaine has created performance text works with her son the writer Damian James Le Bas. Her works have been included in Prague Biennale 2005 & 2007, Venice Biennale 2007 & 2017, Gwangju Biennale 2012, Zacheta National Gallery Of Art 2013, MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Art Museum 2014, The Third Edition Of The Project Biennial Of Contemporary Art D-0 Ark Underground Bosnia & Herzegovina 2015, Off Biennale Budapest 2015, Goteborg International Biennale For Contemporary Art Extended 2015, Critical Contemplations Tate Modern 2017.
Delaine is one of the curators for The First Roma Biennale 2018 and is an Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning London U.K.
These workshops are one of Artichoke‚Äôs 10 banner commissions, as part of PROCESSIONS‚Äô 100 Years 100 Banners programme. 100 women artists have been commissioned to make banners with community groups up and down the country in the lead-up to PROCESSIONS. The final banner made during these workshops will form part of PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork, and will go on to be publicly exhibited across the UK following the events.
Please contact Sisters of Frida, [email protected],¬† by Friday 20th April to register your place in the workshops.
Participants are required to be available for all the workshops and are invited to travel to London to carry the banner at PROCESSIONS London 2018.
Refreshments will be provided.
Spaces are limited, and allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2018
I N V I T A T I O N
Please come to our celebrations
4th May 2018 from 5.30 pm
Greenwich Yacht Club
1 Peartree Way, Greenwich, London SE10 0BW
(nearest tube station North Greenwich, Jubilee Line, accessible venue. Please let us know other access needs)
We will be celebrating the work of our peer lead facilitators project
And remembering our sisters, Sophie Partridge and Eleanor Firman, in setting up a memorial fund in their names.
Please RSVP to [email protected] and let us know your access needs.
There will be BSL interpreters
Non alcoholic drinks will be served but there is a bar if you wish to buy your own drinks. Some snacks will be served
Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018
There were quite a few disabled women at the Women of the World London Festival 2018, some of whom were connected to Sisters of Frida.
Here is Nidhi Goyal’s keynote speech at the Power & Protest: Art, Activism and Disability panel for Sisters of Frida
subtitles/captions to follow soon
here are the photos of the event from the Sisters of Frida’s Flickr account
and at the instagram account
WOW Festival Sisters of Frida Panel: Power & Protest: Art, Activism and Disability Sunday 11th March, 11.30am ‚Äď 12.30pm
Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Power & Protest: Art, Activism and Disability
Blue Bar, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall
Sunday 11th March 11.30am ‚Äď 12.30pm
From leadership on human rights to artwork informed by the politics of disability, disabled women are at the forefront of global grassroots activism. Come hear why any campaign for gender equality must include disabled women‚Äôs voices.
Key note speaker – Nidhi Goyal – Comedian and activist working on diability and gender rights. Nidhi is the founder and director of ‚ÄėRising Flame‚Äô a Mumbai based NGO working for disabled women and youth and is also the Sexuality and Disability Program Director at Mumbai-based non-profit Point of View. Appointed to the prestigious civil society advisory group of UN women‚Äôs Executive Director, she sits on the advisory board of ‚ÄúVoice‚ÄĚ and on the board of AWID (Assoc. for Women‚Äôs Rights in Development).
Alumni/Fellow of the Slade School of Fine Art and winner of the Julian Sullivan award, graduate of the School of Social Entrepreneurs and the University of the Arts.
She is a practicing visual/ performance Artist working with communities to make collective art works, exhibitions, public pieces and performance.
Nabihah Islam is a published poet and has worked alongside various theatres. Her short play, ‘Home is where the heart is‘ was performed at Theatre Deli and she recently brought the British Council’s Hijabi Monologues to the Bush Theatre. She is a British Council Fellow and worked alongside the Council of Europe as a human rights activist addressing gender violence in South Asian communities and advocating for gender rights.¬†She co-founded two development organisations, both are recognised by the British Council as emerging organisations. Nabihah is completing her Masters in Creative Writing at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Lucy Sheen is an actor, published writer, transracial adoptee and advocate for British East Asian artists and adoptee rights. Her play Under A Blood Red Moon was recently one of eight plays written by British East Asian playwrights to have been published by Oberon Books and the first anthology ever to be published in the UK of British East Asian Playwrights.
In 2015 she was one for four BAME writer|performers who presented work created under the RePlay bursary who performed an extract of about 20mins as part of Poetry International 2015.
Jess Thom is a writer, performer and activist who co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experiences of life with Tourettes Syndrome. She has performed nationally and internationally, written a book, Welcome to Biscuit Land, and worked with museums, galleries and theatres to host large scale events for disabled and non-disabled children and young people
Posted on Friday, February 2nd, 2018
more information on CEDAW on SOF website
and on the Women Resource Centre
WRC contact: ¬†¬†¬† Simma Rai [email protected]
SOF contact :¬† [email protected]
The Government has to tell the United Nations about women‚Äôs rights in the UK.
We are collecting experiences from women across England to give to the United Nations. They will use these when they question the UK Government.
We want to be sure that disabled women are included. This report will reinforced what DDPOs wrote to the UNCPRD committee in last year‚Äôs examination in Geneva. But we will focus more on disabled women and girls‚Äô issues.
Please tell us:
- What the problems are, in your own words ‚Äď we are interested in your personal experiences
- Links to any evidence (research reports if you have them)
- what the government has/has not done since the last time it reported in 2013, and
- your recommendations for what needs to be done.
NB we are reporting on the period from 2013 to date.
We can only give a very short report to the United Nations – only 6,600 words!
We are interested in any information you can give us. Some of the areas that the UN will look at include:
- Trafficking and Prostitution¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†
- Healthcare ‚Äď how the NHS supports accessibility of healthcare for disabled women
- Political and Public Life ‚Äď whether disabled women are properly represented
- Economic and Social Benefits ¬†– social security payments, universal credit, PIP etc
- Rural Women ‚Äď the special needs of women outside towns and cities including public transport, slow wifi speeds and access to disability services
- Nationality ¬†– special needs of disabled migrant women
- Equality Before the Law ‚Äď are disabled women equal?
- Education ‚Äď access to schools, colleges and university for disabled women and girls
- Marriage and Family Life ‚Äď disabled women‚Äôs rights to a family life
- Employment ‚Äď access to good quality work, and support to work (Access to Work)
- Violence Against Women and Girls – particular problems for disabled women, for example, domestic violence, or such violence against disabled women
Your evidence will be published unless you tell us otherwise.
Let us know if you want:
‚ėź EITHER your evidence to be completely confidential, OR
‚ėź to be shared with the Equality and Human Rights Commission only.
The deadline for evidence and information is 28 February 2018. Send your evidence to: [email protected]
There is more information here
General information ‚Äď https://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/our-work/cedaw/
The Government‚Äôs own report is here – ¬†http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CEDAW%2fC%2fGBR%2f8&Lang=en
The last shadow report from women‚Äôs groups is here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CEDAW/Shared%20Documents/GBR/INT_CEDAW_NGO_GBR_13333_E.pdf
If you have any questions please contact us.
Any Links to Evidence? Yes/No
Has the Government taken action?
CEDAW-shadow-report-template-for-written-evidence-from-disabled-women-final (Word doc. for downloading)