INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Every year on December the 3rd, people around the world come together to celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities. This year, in 2020, the theme is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”.
International Day of People with Disabilities encourages people to support those in their community who have a disability and to raise awareness. With awareness, we hope there will be a future where people with disability have equal opportunities to others.
Our Virtual Speakers
Womens rights and disability advocate
A passionate advocate for the rights of women with disabilities Margie Charlesworth has worked in the disability sector for approximately twenty years. Recently, Margie has become active in advocating for people with complex communication needs. As a woman with a Cerebral Palsy Accent, aware that in order to become an effective advocate for women with disabilities, Margie needed to find a way to communicate in order to be understood and seen as a credible spokeswoman. Since completing her Honours degree in Gender Studies in 2008, Margie has been working as an consultant and Independent Educator. With a strong sense of social justice, Margie has focused her work on the issues particular to problem of violence, neglect and abuse in relation to women and girls with disabilities; in particular for those who have little or no voice.
Margie has also had input into the South Australian Attorney General’s Department Access to Justice Plan. Here she has a particular focus on equal access to justice for women and girls with disabilities – in particular those with complex communication issues. As the Convenor of WWDSA Margie has developed and maintained a good working relationship with the South Australian Office for Women, as well as the State and Federal Government, and various local and national groups and organisations. Margie has also presented at the Commission of the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York and has presented at other several International Conferences. Margie is also a founding Coalition Member of the Every Women Treaty – a global working group, focusing on the elimination of violence against women.
Margie currently works at Two Way Street, as a Communication Access Assessor. It is through this role that Margie is able to advocate the true access for all, is to also include communication access for all.
Vanamali (Mali) Hermans
Disabled organiser and writer
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Vanamali (Mali) Hermans is a disabled organiser, writer and community worker living on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land. Mali is a Wiradjuri, Irish and Flemish woman deeply invested in disability justice work, committed to challenging ableism and its intersections with colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy and class.
Mali is a postgraduate student studying Social Work through Charles Sturt University, holding an undergraduate degree majoring in Sociology from the ANU. She has organising experience within grassroots community groups, feminist spaces and the union movement. Alongside working at Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Mali works in gender-based violence prevention at the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) and has previously sat on the board of Women with Disabilities ACT (WWDACT).
The Sisters of Invention
The Sisters Of Invention are a part of the Tutti Performing Art's Program based right here in Adelaide. They are a dedicated group of women who take pride in performing and creating their own music and have recently made their Adelaide Cabaret Debut!