Every March 8th it commemorated the International Women Day http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day and this day is not a date to tell to women “Congratulations”. This date is more, it is a date to remember all activist women of the past and the present who made and are making history. They are building our own history, because many of the rights that we currently enjoy are due to their constant struggle through the time.
With these words I began my brief speech at the commemorative event of the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) Organization http://www.miusa.org/ on March 8 in Eugene, Oregon. As alumni and facilitator of the MIUSA Women Disability and Leadership Program (WILD) http://www.miusa.org/event/2015/wildtrainers I gave thanks to my mentor Susan Sygall who is the Executive Director and Cofounder of MIUSA, and in general to this organization for giving me this space to express myself in this event. I also offered my gratitude to all people who attended to the activity and appreciated some photographs that are part of the Brilliant and Resilient exhibition http://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/brilliantresilient, which reflects positively the image of women with disabilities, because it reveals our life stories, and our work as activists around the world.
I continued my speech with the following: I would like for a moment we can keep silence and bring to our minds those women that we know they fought a lot in the past and we faith in the present, they even lost their lives.
It is also good to bring our minds to those women we meet, who are part of our lives, can be our mothers, sisters, friends, partners, daughters, class mates or co-workers.
Now I want to ask ourselves if this fight is still continue, or do we get already achieved everything we wanted. I share some important information: In 2015 women made 52% of the world’s work, and the most recent data from this year show that the proportion of women working, in agriculture in different regions of the world represent 60%, (UN 2015, 2018). However, throughout history, women have been abused in many ways, leaving aside the recognition and enjoyment of our rights, such as the inequality of the lack of decent work or well-paid work. Is, even more worrying that women with disabilities we are doubly discriminated in many parts of the world because we are women, and because our disability.
This means that there is still a lot to do, because women with disabilities continue in a great disadvantage. For those reasons I ask that we continue creating opportunities and including women leaders with disabilities in activities of development and empowerment programs to open the way for a new generation of girls and women with disabilities. This labor should not be only for women, it is a labor in which all people should participate actively.
Actually great nations are investing time and resources in discovering new life forms in space and other planets, wou that is fantastic, but also I encourage investing time and resources in knowing more about our own world and human diversity and include women with disabilities to create a better world. For example the WILD program and many others that exist to investment in them, and through this way empower girls and women with disabilities. This generates that our leadership skills improve, develops in us an intrinsic desire to contribute to our communities, like me and other women that we want to participate active and effectively to solve together the problems we have in different countries.
This is the only planet we have for the moment and all of us must participate to take care it and find up the prosperity of those who inhabit it, according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
People can be better every day, with greater awareness of the situations that affect us, more human to take care of our planet, our only home in which we are all living. These objectives may be better with the full inclusion of women with disabilities. Don’t wait more. #TimeIsNow