ACTIVISTS: Women. Disability. Feminism. is a collective based in Russia. Led by and for women and LGBTQI people with disabilities, it demands full equality and respect for their rights. As the only association in Russia of its kind, Women. Disability. Feminism. aims to increase public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disabilities.
CONTEXT: With domestic violence recently decriminalized in Russia, law enforcement rarely protects women from their abusers. A newly proposed bill against domestic violence excludes women with disabilities and does not provide survivors with sufficient protections.
IMPACT: Urgent Action Fund’s grant allowed Women. Disability. Feminism. to launch a new website that is accessible and adaptable for people with disabilities. This provides a platform, particularly for those who can’t leave their homes, to protest domestic violence and share their stories. The website increases the visibility of LGBTQI and women activists with disabilities who are (tragically) too often the targets of gender-based violence.