For my work, I have to transit for an hour every day to a big city. When I am tired after a long working day, my concentration decreases and that makes it more difficult for me to find my way. Therefore I am always happy when people help me. Above all when I am late and want to catch my train. On one of those days, a man offered to guide me on my way to the station, and I accepted with thanks.
A drunk gets aboard and keeps changing seats until he sits right next to me. He presses against me.
I get up, look at him and shout straight into his face, “Get! The! Fuck! Out!” The guy is startled and hurries off the tram at the next stop.
Four young men approach me, they smell of alcohol. One starts to rub against my back and blows at my neck. I’m one metre forty, he’s much taller. The rest laugh. No one at the bus stop reacts.
I move away, turn around and get my footing, legs astride, as if my feet sprung root. I look at him straight in the eye and say firmly, “Ain’t you getting too close?” The guy apologizes and leaves, apparently shocked. His friends follow.
Are you a woman with disabilities and have you experienced violence? Are you proud of your way handling that kind of situation? Have you ever participated in a feminist self-defence training? We want to hear it all! Continue reading “Wanted: success stories!”
The first module of the training of trainers was planned for 20-22 March 2020. However, with governments implementing confinement policies and some shutting borders, it was impossible for the module to go through as planned.
One of the major goals of NO MEANS NO is to raise awareness about violence against women with disabilities. The project website no-means-no.eu is an important means to achieve this goal. It strives to inform women with disabilities, disability organisations, family and professional caregivers, the anti-violence sector, policy makers and the general public. Throughout the project, we will update the website with additional language sections, publications, an agenda and more diverse and accessible means of communication. Check it out!
After five years of preparation, the 7 project partners finally met for the first time in person at a kickoff meeting in Giessen, home of our German partner Unvergesslich Weiblich. The two-day meeting (30 and 31 January) was the opportunity to get to know each other, build a shared understanding of the administrative and practical details of the project and find markers for the international teamwork that will be involved. Tasks were distributed, deadlines fixed, directions determined. The two foremost topics concerned the first implementations of the project. Continue reading “Kickoff meeting in Giessen”