Signal Boost: Call for Papers on Women & Girls with Disabilities and Human Rights

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In 1999, at the urging of our sister and colleague Barbara Faye Waxman Fiduccia, the Center launched a new series of reports on women and girls with disabilities – written by women leaders in the disability rights and women’s rights movements [click here to download our first three reports]. These three reports were inspired by Barbara’s co-authorship of our 1999 Research and Data in Brief report on Violence Against Disabled Women [click here to download the report [PDF]].

Sadly, we lost Barbara in 2001 and, while we will always miss her great and powerful spirit, her passion to ensure the full human rights of women and girls with disabilities continues to inspire the Center’s work.

In that spirit, we are issuing a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for a series of new BARBARA WAXMAN FIDUCCIA PAPERS ON WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES – on a full range of women’s human rights crises that affect women with disabilities in every corner of the globe.

In Barbara’s words in Women and Girls With Disabilities: Defining the Issues – An Overview (1999): “Disabled women and girls are of all ages, all racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual orientations. . . Disabled women and girls live at the corner of disability and womanhood – with two ‘minority’ identities, a double dose of discrimination and stereotyping and multiple barriers to achieving their life goals.”

The 2011 BARBARA WAXMAN FIDUCCIA PAPERS will present the self-defined perspectives of women with disabilities – both in the USA and globally – on such topics as: access to health care, reproductive rights and health, violence against women and girls, women and AIDS, educational equity, family life and parenting, employment and economic development, balancing work and family, participation in Government at every level – from local to national to international. We also urge you to propose Papers on issues that we have not mentioned here. To submit a proposal or ask a question about our plans for the 2011 Papers, send an email to the Center’s president at