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What is the Inclusive Generation Equality Collective?
The Inclusive Generation Equality Collective (IGEC) is a group of activists with disabilities and allies from around the world that advocates for the inclusion of feminists with disabilities and a disability perspective in gender equality spaces and decisions. The IGEC was formed in January 2021 to engage in the Generation Equality process and other efforts to advance gender equality.
The Collective welcomes members from any region of the world. Currently, most of its active members are from Africa and Latin America. The working languages of the Collective are English and Spanish.
Since its start in 2021, the IGEC has actively engaged in gender equality initiatives to advocate for the inclusion of feminists with disabilities. In particular, the group highlights its engagement with the Generation Equality Forums, convened by UN Women and held virtually in Mexico City and Paris in 2021. Prior to the Forums, the Collective developed an Advocacy Platform, endorsed by over 280 organizations and individuals, to call for a Generation Equality process that included a disability and gender intersectional perspective.
During the Forums, the IGEC members faced various accessibility barriers that limited their participation and requested action from the organizers. Through blog posts and open letters to UN Women and the government of France after both events, they called attention to the inaccessibility of the forums and advocated for a commitment to accessibility, which inspired the development of the Feminist Accessibility Protocol.
Who can join?
If you are a woman, girl, trans, intersex, or nonbinary person with disabilities, or an ally in the disability rights and feminist movements, you are welcome to our Collective! Click here to send us a message to join the IGEC work.