A big thank you to Lisa-Marie Taylor, FIL’s organiser, for inviting us!
We did some publicity by having a stall and we ‘re grateful to Annabel, Zara, Jacqueline and Sophie for helping us with the stall!
(Click on photos to get a bigger photo)
Real Media came to do do a short video feature on it – many thanks!
Frances Ryan also wrote a piece for the Guardian on the event A Disabled Woman’s struggle is any woman’s struggle
Obi was kind enough to video the whole event – if you wish to follow it in its entirety
great additions from Nidhi Goyal and Asha Hans Part 1
with Q&A from audience
Asha Hans video
TRANSCRIPT Asha Hans (Word doc)
Nidhi Goyal’s video
TRANSCRIPT Nidhi Goyal (Word doc)
Frances Ryan’s video
TRANSCRIPT Frances RyanÂ (Word doc)
Becky Olaniyi s video
TRANSCRIPT Becky OlaniyiÂ (Word doc)
Rebecca Bunce’s video
TRANSCRIPT Rebecca Bunce (Word doc)
Kirsten Hearn’s video
TRANSCRIPT Kirsten Hearn (Word doc)
Thank you all for having taken part in the event!
In anticipation of this yearâ€™s Feminism In London conference (October 24-25), Alicen Grey talks with Becky Olaniyi about disability, feminism, and the challenges and lessons of being an activist at the intersection of identities.
See the rest of the interview at the Feminist Curent.
Becky is the youngest member of our steering group but she’s a brilliant speaker. Its not too late to get tickets for the workshop. And if you have difficulties paying, just let them know.
Too often are disabled women absent from the mainstream feminist discourse. We are often invisible. Here we will be speaking on a range of topics from the views of young disabled women from Becky, on politics and advisory roles from Kirsten, on violence against women and girls (Asha will be speaking from an international level and Rebecca on a UK/European level), the impact of austerity from FrancesRyan.Â And all of them will also speak from a personal level too.
venue – Hilton Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Rd, London W2 1JU
Asha Hans ( Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre by video link)
Kirsten Hearn (Chair)
Becky Olaniyi (Sisters of Frida)
Nidhi Goyal (CREA: disability and sexuality by video link)
Rebecca Bunce (ICChange)
Frances Ryan (Guardian journalist)
We will also have a Sisters of Frida stall for information and merchandise.
soffil flyer MS word doc
soffil flyer PDF file
Feminism in London FIL website
Check out on accessible Tube at Transport of All
nearest tube to Hilton Metrople is Egdeware Rd station.
nearest accessible tube is at Green Park Underground station
train stations Paddington and Marylebone
The Hilton London Metropole is located to the North on the corner of Edgware Road and Harrow Road. The hotel is approximately half a mile north of Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park and next to the A40(M), with easy access to M40, M1 and M25.
The car parking is located in Harbet Road, just at the back of the hotel. From the hotel entrance in Edgware Road continue north and turn left at the first corner into Harrow Road. Once in Harrow Road please turn left at the first corner again into Harbet Road. (parking ÂŁ5/hr)
Disabled women’s rights are human rights! Disability can be physical, mental, neurological; hidden or visible. This panel will look at activism through the prism of disability and feminism and seek to explore further the intersection and challenges of being between the two and the capacity of the two movements to work together for change.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of having to challenge inaccessible practices within the Labour Party (an in the rest of life too). Iâ€™ve got better things to do than be tied up bashing down the doors, so I and others can participate. The discrimination spans all access issues, so all disabled people are targets.
Again, and again, and again, we give guidance on how to make docs accessible. â€śWhat part of the words â€śPDFs are inaccessible for people using text to speech assistive technology, so give us a word doc insteadâ€ť, isnâ€™t clear? Itâ€™s hardly any different in impact from â€śwhat part of the words, I havenâ€™t got wings you know so how am I going to get into that riddled-with-steps venue you insist on having your meetings in?â€ť; or â€śWhat did you say?â€ť (when a sign language interpreter or an induction loop, isnâ€™t present.
Iâ€™ve just opened an email from the Labour Party re the womenâ€™s conference tomorrow. Granted, it arrived yesterday evening, but I was chairing a scrutiny evidence session at that time and chose to go to bed afterwards, rather than download my emails. I chose also to do my day job today rather than read my home emails. As a consequence of this, I am only now dealing with yesterdayâ€™s backlog. Oh and I have checked, thereâ€™s nothing in todayâ€™s bunch which provides the accessible document.
Arguing for inclusion within the Labour Party is definitely one of those part time unpaid jobs that I am forced to do if I want to participate in the party. I could use that time instead building a stronger party and working to deliver a Labour Government headed by Jeremy Corbin, in 2020. I donâ€™t care that because of the leadership election and the shadow appointments process, itâ€™s been hard to confirm speakers etc. How difficult is it to produce a word version of a conference agenda, which was initially created in word, anyway? I mean â€¦. !
Providing inaccessible documents is at the very least laziness, but it could hardly be argued that the Labour Party is ignorant, since they have been told. Yes, if poked,, they will deal with access requests, but we shouldnâ€™t have to keep reminding them. Itâ€™s not like disabled people have only just been invented; or that we havnâ€™t been campaigning for inclusion since the dawn of time. My question is, why are these mistakes still happening? I donâ€™t know how disabled people can effectively influence party policy, raise the issues of concern to disabled people out there, in the party, if we canâ€™t even get in the door, metaphorically or actually without kicking up a stink. So, not having enjoyed womenâ€™s conference last year in Manchester, I thought I wouldnâ€™t go to the womenâ€™s conference this year; then when Jeremy was elected, I thought I would, in anticipation that the leader is going to address the womenâ€™s conference. Now, thanks to not getting accessible info about the womenâ€™s conference, Iâ€™ve decided Iâ€™m not going. So there will be one less stroppy disabled woman there tomorrow â€¦. and I am sure that lack of clarity about access, belief that things wonâ€™t be accessible, feelings that disabled women are not important, are also reasons why less disabled women than perhaps who want to be there, will go to womenâ€™s conference tomorrow. And Iâ€™ve no doubt that other members of disability labour will have to spent time and energy battling away at conference, trying to fire-fight on access when we could be doing something much more important, like effecting policy, talking about why the austerity agenda, whether heavy or light is the greatest attack on disabled people in our living memory and why labour must not only defend disabled peopleâ€™s rights but actively promote a disability rights based agenda. Not that Iâ€™m repeating myself, but I and others have been saying the above since exclusion first politicised us, in my case for 40 years. When will non-disabled people get it that they can remove disabling barriers if they want to.
Read the rest at Kirsten’s blog