Women, Disability, and Culture

Anna Siri, PhD
University of Genoa, UNESCO Chair in “Anthropology of Health Biosphere and Healing Systems”, Genova, Italy

Cinzia Leone
University of Genoa, Scientific coordinator of the MSCA-RISE-2015 project “RISEWISE Women with disabilities In Social Engagement”, Genova, Italy

Rita Bencivenga
LEGS Laboratoire d’études de genre et de sexualité UMR 8238 CNRS, Paris OUEST, France

Darja Zaviršek
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sonja Bezjak
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Series: Disability and the Disabled – Issues, Laws and Programs, Women’s Issues
BISAC: HEA024000

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Women and girls with disabilities find themselves constantly having to deal with multiple, intersectional discrimination due to both their gender and their disability, as well as social conditioning. Indeed, the intersection made up of factors such as race, ethnic origin, social background, cultural substrate, age, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, gender, disability, status as refugee or migrant and others besides, has a multiplying effect that increases discrimination yet further.

Where conditions are equal, women with disabilities do not enjoy equal opportunities in terms of their participation in all aspects of society; rather, they are all too often excluded, amongst others from education, employment, access to poverty reduction programmes, from taking part in political and public lives and, moreover, some legislative deeds actually prevent them from making decisions regarding their own lives, also as regards sexual and reproductive rights.

History, attitudes and prejudices of the societies to which we belong, including of families, have created and continue to feed into a negative stereotypical image of women and girls with disabilities, thereby helping further isolate and marginalise them yet more.

Very often, they are also ignored by information media and, when they do gain media attention, the approach tends to considers them from the perspective of medical-assistance needs, silencing their abilities and valuable contribution to the society in which they live.

The book seeks to pay the right attention to the condition of women with disabilities, offering points for reflection, also on the different, often invisible, cultural and social undertones that continue today to feed into prejudicial stereotypes. (Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)

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Introduction

Part I: Disability and health

Chapter 1. Concepts of Disability and Health: A Theoretical Excursus (Anna Siri)

Chapter 2. Towards a Common Language for Functioning, Disability and Health (Anna Siri)

Chapter 3. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development By, for and with Persons with Disabilities (Anna Siri)

Part II: Women and Disability

Chapter 4. An Historical Introduction to Engendered Disability. An International Point of View (Cinzia Leone)

Chapter 5. Notes on Intersectional Approach and Feminist Disability Studies. an Historical Excursus (Cinzia Leone)

Chapter 6. Does Everybody Count? the Case of Women with Disabilities (Anna Siri) the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development By, for and with Persons with Disabilities (Anna Siri)

Part III: Women, Disability and Culture

Chapter 7. Non-disabled Researchers and Disability Studies (Rita Bencivenga)

Chapter 8. Women with Disability: A Cultural Heritage? Disability, Gender and Culture: An Italian Approach (Cinzia Leone)

Chapter 9. Women with Disabilities Living in Rural Areas and Facing Violence: An Intersectional Perspective (Sonja Bezjak)

Chapter 10. Mothering as a Human Right Issue of Women with Disabilities in Current Post-socialist Social Context (Darja ZaviršEk)

Conclusions (Darja Zaviršek)

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