Combating violence against women: the role of women with disabilities – Virtual conference

On 8 October 2021, the Belgian national event of the No Means No project took place. This one-day virtual conference aimed at overcoming the divisions that may exist and building bridges between the disability and anti-violence sectors between the disability sector and the “anti-violence” sector, for an intersectional approach to the prevention and fight against violence against women with disabilities. It was also an opportunity to give a voice to women with disabilities, and thus draw political attention to their realities in this regard.

We were honoured to welcome as moderator Charlotte Puiseux, doctor of philosophy, clinical psychologist, and relay mother of the association Handiparentalité. We were also fortunate to have Christie Morreale, Vice-President of the Walloon Government, Minister of Employment, Training, Health, Social Action, Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights, Anne-Françoise Cannella, Deputy General Administrator of the AVIQ, Michel Mercier, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Liège, accompanied by Céline Brison, psychologist at the asbl La Boulaie and Angélique Rousseaux, self-advocate, Ann Van den Buys, founding member and president of the asbl Perséphone, and last but not least Sarah Schlitz, Secretary of State for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity.

The official language of the conference was French and the conference was accompanied by a simultaneous transcription (of which you can find the written text in French under this link). The conference was also translated into Belgian-French Sign Language and you can rewatch the conference (in French and SL) in its entirety: