Joint submission to OHCHR on promoting and protecting the human rights of women and girls with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict situations

WEI joined forces with Human Rights Watch, Humanity and Inclusion, International Disability Alliance, and Women’s Refugee Commission to submit this short report on women and girls with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict situations to the U.N. Office of the High Commission for Human Rights. This short report will help promote an intersectional approach to the U.N. Human Rights Council’s forthcoming discussions on the 20th anniversary of a groundbreaking Security Council resolution, focusing on the role of women in ensuring peace and security.

Enabling Artists and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities – Aurora Berger

A photograph of a young woman with long blonde hair and glasses sitting in tall grass in is the center of the image.

Aurora Berger

Photographer

“Working within the frameworks of capacity and disability, I use photographs to examine and reclaim my own identity.”
– Aurora Berger

 

Aurora Berger is an award-winning photographer with visual and physical disabilities based in rural Vermont, USA. As a visually impaired artist, Aurora not only uses the camera as an extension of her perspective, but also as a weapon against ableism, and as a way to reclaim her identity.

Aurora’s artistic process, collections, and self-portraits confront the medical model of disability and internalized ableist constructs of disability, worth, and beauty. Recently, she was honored by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts with an Award of Excellence as part of the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program.

“My work is about existing in the body that I have, in the life that I am living. It is about inhabiting spaces, perceiving surroundings, and above all, the process of survival.” – Aurora Berger

To learn more and support Aurora’s work, visit her website (http://www.auroraberger.com) and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @AuroraBerger. 


If you identify as a woman, non-binary, or gender non-conforming persons with disabilities whose livelihood is affected by COVID19 and want your work to be featured on our social media platforms, please fill out the linked interest form

Enabling Artists and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Against a white background, at the top of the graphic there are five overlapping blue, yellow, pink, and purple abstract circular shapes. Within each circle is a drawn depiction of a scene of a person at work. A person with a prosthetic leg kneels with her camera to take a picture. A person using a wheelchair reviews a blueprint. Another person is wearing an apron and holding a flower arrangement. One person is on stage and raising a microphone in the air. And another person in an apron holds an apple and is standing next to a cash register. Underneath the overlapping images, in bright complimentary colors, bold text reads, “Enabling Artists and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities.” At the bottom is the Women Enabled International logo.]

COVID-19, sometimes called the coronavirus, has impacted the health and safety of communities around the world. We at Women Enabled International believe it is having a particular impact on women, girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons with disabilities, including on their economic livelihoods.

This month, we’re highlighting the work of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons with disabilities who are economically impacted by COVID-19 on our social media platforms.

Small business owners, artists, speakers, musicians, entrepreneurs, authors, web-designers, freelancers, and others are encouraged to submit their contact and business information through the linked interest form.

If you identify as a woman, non-binary, or gender non-conforming persons with disabilities whose livelihood is affected by COVID-19 and want your work to be featured on our social media platforms, please fill out the linked interest form. A member of our staff will reach out if we plan to highlight your work.

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WEI is a human rights non-governmental organization working to advance rights at the intersection of gender and disability, particularly as related to women and girls with disabilities. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Evans, WEI Program Assistant, at b.evans@womenenabled.org.