On August 17th, 2016 join us for a webinar on "Bridging Gaps: A conversation between Disability, Intersex and Trans Activists". This is the second in a two-part series of webinars leading up to the session at the AWID Forum 2016 on Bodily Integrity and Freedoms being organized by AWID, CREA, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), and RESURJ.
Disabled. Intersex. Trans. Woman. Man. Gay. Lesbian.
Labels often serve to box us into one identity and one movement. These silos need to be broken and we must ensure that cross-movement conversations can flourish. Our differences are many. The debates we have fierce. Consensus might be difficult. But we need to start talking to each other.
“It is a logic of patriarchy to separate our struggles into separate boxes. It’s therefore radical to make coalitions with people different from you.” - Sheena Magenya, Webinar on #BodyAndTerritory
Bodily Integrity and Freedoms conceptually spans a whole range of issues that act as drivers of our movements. The body is also a site that suffers the most intense backlash and violations. The `infrastructure’ that forms the basis of the stigma, discrimination, pathologisation and violence we continue to face is formidable: medical establishments, prison industrial complexes, militarilization, growing fundamentalisms, governments, neo-liberal economic systeyms.
Our resistance exists in the powerful movements we represent. Diverse, noisy, resilient. The wonderful panel of presenters for this webinar have been powerful voices within the disability, intersex and trans rights movements. They all have an abiding commitment and passion to foster inter-movement conversations.
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Please note: This webinar will be held in English.
Some of the questions that will guide the speakers will include:
- What are some of the victories in cross-movement organizing that we can celebrate?
- What are some of the contemporary challenges that the movements they represent face?
- Where do they see points of convergence with other movements?
- What are the debates and differences between movements that limit cross-movement activism?
- How can we work to better bridge the gaps between movements?
In the meantime, tweet your thoughts on these questions using #BodilyFreedoms.
Janet Price is an activist and academic who works at the intersection of disability, sexuality, and gender. She is based in Liverpool, UK. In partnership with disabled and non-disabled colleagues from Nigeria, India, Kenya, and Australia, amongst others, she has convened four of CREA's Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institutes till date. She is also on the Board of Disability and Deaf Arts (DaDa), Liverpool, which holds a biennial International Festival, DaDaFest.
Leigh Ann van der Merwe
Leigh Ann van der Merwe is a coloured transgender woman born in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Growing up knowing that she did not quite fit into the gender assigned to her at birth, she struggled finding her place in a very traditional and patriarchal society. Leigh Ann’s own experiences of violence and discrimination prompted her to establish Social, Health and Empowerment, a feminist collective of transgender women working in Southern and East Africa. Leigh Ann has conceptualized projects such as the African Transformative Feminist Leadership Institute and has co-authored the Transilience Research Report on violence against transgender women in South Africa. She considers herself an “intersectional” feminist whose analysis is seeking to understand how factors such as race, class and the economic status influences one’s own identity. She is also a member of the first Young Feminist Wire Editorial Group hosted in AWID’s Young Feminist Activism Programme. Leigh Ann was recognized as a Women’s Human Rights Defender in December 2012 by the Masimanyane Women’s Support Center in East London, South Africa. Read more about Leigh Ann here
Morgan Carpenter is a human rights and health advocate, a consultant on bodily diversity issues, and a social and technology policy researcher. Morgan is co-chair of national intersex organisation OII Australia, founder of a new international Intersex Day project, and an advisor to the first international Intersex Human Rights Fund, managed by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Morgan has played an active role in systemic advocacy on Australian anti-discrimination legislation and a Senate committee inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation. Morgan participated in the first intersex expert meeting held by the United Nations in 2015 and has moderated a presentation on intersex to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has also advised multiple UN agencies, a Council of Europe inquiry into the rights of intersex people, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and the UN Special Rapporteur on health. Morgan is currently undertaking a second Masters degree program, as a Master of Bioethics candidate in the University of Sydney Medical School.
Nidhi Goyal (Moderator)
Nidhi Goyal has been working as a gender and disability rights advocate since 2011. She is the co-author of www.sexualityanddisability.org – a website for women with disabilities. Before 2011, she was a freelance journalist writing for women’s magazines and education portals. She also has contributed to the published books of Dr Shri Balaji Tambe as a translator and editor. She acquired her Bachelors and Master’s Degree in commerce and economics and a PG diploma in Human Resource Management from leading colleges in Mumbai. After a stint as a journalist at a national newspaper, she signed up for a communications and media degree at Sophia College and went on to top her class.
Adriana Dias is the coordinator of the Committee on Disability and Accessibility of the Brazilian Anthropology Association. She coordinates research on people living with rare diseases at the Baresi Institute and at a NGO called Essas Mulheres which fights for sexual and reproductive rights and combats violence affecting women with disabilities. Adriana is a member of the American Anthropological Association, and former member of the Brazilian Association for cyber culture and the Latin American Jewish Studies Association. Adriana has a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, a Master's degree and a PhD on social anthropology from UNICAMP.
Missed the first webinar?
Some of you might have joined the first webinar (on #BodyAndTerritory) in this two-part series, but if you have missed it please take a look at:
- The recording/video of the webinar
- A storify put together by the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
Join us on August 17th, 2016