Virtual conference – “No Means No – Women with disabilities resist violence”, 3 December, the Day of Persons with Disabilities

Living at the intersection of sexism and ableism, women with disabilities are more often confronted with violence and discrimination and their access to support and protection is often filled with barriers. Yet despite this, they are not powerless and often successfully resist such violence!

This conference seeks to set violence against women with disabilities and feminist self-defence on the European agenda, to inform European decision makers about policy gaps and good practices, as well as to provide a space to women with disabilities for self-advocacy.

The conference will take place online on 3 December, the Day of Persons with Disabilities, between 10:30 and 16:30 (Brussels’ time). To improve accessibility, it will include simultaneous translation into International Sign language, simultaneous transcription, and Easy-to-Read presentations. 

You can register by clicking on this link.

Conference programme:

10:30-11:00 Registration, welcome and accessibility introduction, Liz Chornenki, Moderator
11:00-11:15 Introduction, Helena Dalli, European Commissioner
11:15-11:30 The NO MEANS NO project and feminist self-defense for women
with disabilities
, Irene Zeilinger, Garance
11:30-11:45 Presentation of results in France,
Diane Kachour, Faire Face
11:45-12:00 Q/A

12:00 -13:00 Lunch break

13:00-13:15 Presentation of results in Germany, Doris Kroll, Bundesfachverband Feministische Selbstbehauptung und Selbstverteidigung
13:15-13:30 Presentation of results in Poland, Ewa Rutkowska & Agata Teutsch, Autonomia
13:30-13:45 Presentation of results in Belgium, Dorothée Van Avermaet, Garance
13:45-14:00 Q/A

14h00-14h10 Break

14:10 – 14:30 Violence against women with disabilities, Dr. Monika Schröttle,
University of Applied Sciences of Ravensburg-Weingarten & Institute for Empirical Sociology at Nürnberg University
14:30 – 14:50 Feminist self-defence as primary prevention, Liz Kelly, London
Metropolitan University

14:50 – 15:10 Feminist self-defence for women with disabilities, Lydia La Riviere Zijdel, Stichting Lydia Zijdel Foundation
15:10-15:30 Q/A

15:30 – 15:40 Break

15:40 – 16:00 Women with disabilities’ active role in combating violence
through feminist self-defence
, Carina Tränkner, frauen.stärken.frauen
16:00 – 16:20 Conclusions, Evelyn Regner, Chair of the Women’s Rights and
Gender Equality Committee of the European Parliament

The NO MEANS NO project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). This conference was made possible thanks to the generous support of: Brussels Capital Region, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the French Community Commission (COCOF) and the Walloon Region.

The content of this conference represents only the views of the speakers and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission assumes no responsibility for the use that may be made of the information contained therein.