As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we honor our sisters whom we’ve highlighted in our #wwdShero social media campaign. Each week for the past several weeks, we have featured one leading woman with a disability who has made advances – in her community and in the world – for women and girls with disabilities.
Each #wwdShero deserves recognition for all she has contributed, contributions sometimes ignored as we honor women leaders on International Women’s Day. In the #wwdShero campaign, we have only featured a small percentage of our leaders and we are certain there are many many more who deserve attention, as well as emerging leaders we have not yet heard of. Here are just two of our WWD Sheroes...
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The Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA). Under her 15 years of leadership, the WWDA has received multiple awards for its ground-breaking work promoting the human rights of women and girls with disabilities. Ms. Frohmader has also written several reports, including a paper with WEI founder Stephanie Ortoleva titled "The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities". Additionally, over the course of her career Carolyn has been the recipient of the Australian Human Rights award (2013), the ACT Woman of the Year award (2001), and an inductee to the Tasmanian Women's Honor Roll (2009).
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Also known as one of the “founding mothers” of the US disabled women’s movement. As an activist for women and girls with disabilities for over 25 years, Harilyn Rousso has served in a variety of positions, including as the President of Disabilities Unlimited Consulting Services, board member on the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and commissioner with the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Additionally, Ms. Rousso has written several books, including her memoir “Don’t Call Me Inspirational.” (photo credit: Gene Brown)
Catalina Devandas Aguilar
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An activist from Costa Rica who has devoted herself to fighting for disability rights. Over the past few years Ms. Devandas has served on a series of international bodies representing disability rights, most recently being appointed as the United Nations' very first Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Abia Akram @AbiaAkram
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A decorated champion of disability rights from Pakistan. Despite growing up in a country where girls' education, especially disabled girls' education, is often undervalued, Abia successfully graduated from high school with honors and earned two Masters degrees. Since then, Ms. Akram was the first woman from Pakistan, and the first woman with disabilities, to be nominated as the Coordinator for Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum. Abia is also the chair of the Youth Council of UNICEF and the co-chair of Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities United.
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