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Facts and Stats

You can download our factsheet with statistics about why we campaign for disabled women’s rights.

We have also produced a briefing paper on the impact of COVID 19 on Disabled Women, it is available in PDF and MS Word formats.

Here are the Easy Read versions in PDF  and MS Word formats with the examples/quotes also in PDF and MS Word formats.

Other resources

Sexuality and Dis/ability

Intersectional disability & disabled women reading list

‚ÄčSisters of Frida‚Äôs¬† Accessibility Guide to Meetings and Events Toolkit

UN instruments

Sisters of Frida’s has supported work around 3 UN Conventions on our rights:

  1. Convention on the Elimination on All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  2. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  3. Convention on the Status of Women (CSW)

Submission to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Sisters of Frida with the Women Enabled International provided evidence to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights of the United Kingdom. We focused on disabled women and specifically on violence against disabled women and domestic abuse.

The UPR Submission is available in PDF and MS Word formats.

Submission to the UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR).

Armineh Soorenian and Eleanor Lisney, with some help from others for references, came together to produce a submission to CESCR. The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) also published an article on our submission, however the link no longer works. You can find an excerpt of the article on our Submission to CESCR webpage.

Joint Submission to the Human Rights Committee’s Review of the UK

Sisters of Frida and Stay Safe East collaborated on a joint submission on Disabled Women for the Human Rights Committee’s review of the United Kingdom. The joint submission is available for download in a MS Word format

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

You can find more information on our work on VAWG on our Violence Against Women and Girls page. We will be adding resources, news and events about Violence Against Women and Girls on this page. There is also a list of useful organisations to contact.

Stay Safe East Policy Briefing (April 2020)

Domestic Abuse Bill: Stay Safe East DA BIll Briefing and Amendments- Disabled Survivors

“…we need to understand what is different about domestic abuse against disabled women. Of course we experience much of the same range of physical, psychological and financial abuse as other women, but the specific circumstances of our lives mean we also face specific disability related abuse (some of which I would also call hate crime) or abuse where the perpetrator(s) uses our impairment to their advantage.”

Ruth Bashall, StaySafe East (2016)

If you would like to read more about the Istanbul Convention and VAWG, you can read more on our Istanbul Convention and Disabled Women webpage.

We also wrote a letter to Maria Miller MP (and Jess Phillips MP) on s.76 Serious Crime Act 2015.

Natasha Hirst on her experience of domestic abuse

First recorded it for the UN day for elimination of VAW 2020 for BAWSO’s light a candle event.

Lucia Bellini on Violence against Disabled Women:

 

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