January 17, 2014 In an article entitled “Three-pronged Fight for Disability Rights,” India Telegraph reporter Mohua Das interviewed Women Enabled President Stephanie Ortoleva and her India colleagues on their collaborative project on addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities. Das noted that “… a Skype session last summer with two activists half the world away found Stephanie bonding over a common goal: empowering women with disabilities.” Stephanie Ortoleva from Women Enabled, Inc. in the United States, and Jeeja Gosh from the Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy and Anamitra Mukherjee from Swayam(it works to prevent violence against women) are working together on a project to bring together women’s rights organizations and disability rights organizations so that women’s rights organizations can more effectively work with women and girls with disabilities who are surviving violence and so that disability rights organizations can better understand the threats of gender-based violence facing women and girls with disabilities. The collaborators are developing training modules for various stakeholders which will be used throughout India and hopefully beyond as this innovative collaborative effort moves forward. Stephanie, Jeeja and Anamitra outlined various myths about women and girls with disabilities and then rebutted each one. Follow this link to read the story online.
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