It’s International Women’s Day – let’s make sure disabled women’s voices are heard

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Rebekka is 21 years old and a history student at Oxford University. She has epilepsy and set up the first disability awareness week there. She’s particularly interested in issues that affect disabled women and, for International Women’s Day, she tells us why.

Disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic abuse

They also experience abuse for longer but it’s something that isn’t picked up on very much. We need to expand how we view domestic abuse and acknowledge that there are different forms of violence and that they affect disabled women differently.

This issue has been left out of lots of mainstream disability campaigning because the focus has been on obtaining rights, which is understandable, but at the same time they don’t address specific issues faced by disabled women. I also think that services need to be more tailored to disabled women. For example, if they need to be…

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