There is much talk of the death of feminism - that the war has been won and that there are few, if any, battles left to fight. Yet the media continue to stir up conflict between men and women, rather than focusing on the negative impact of gender discrimination. Similarly, disabled people are seen as at war with their bodies, desperate for cures and care. The serious issues which really limit disabled people's lives - marginalisation, abuse and poverty - are ignored.
From our own experiences and from the 1993 United Nations Report on Human Rights and Disability we know that the human rights of disabled people are violated all over the world. This is true for disabled women and for disabled men. Our organisations in most countries are working hard in difficult circumstances to change this.
It is vital that disabled women are involved in the struggle for social change at every level.
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