Video: Your Rights

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A video about the rights of women and girls with disability.
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Video Transcript:

[Title on screen reads, ‘Your Rights’]

[Text on screen reads, ‘Content Warning: Includes discussion of depression and violence’]

[Our Site logo]

[Text on screen reads, ‘Women and girls with disability have the same rights as all women’]

[Short statured Margherita is sitting with her dog]


Intersectionality, what's so different about using that model is that you get to talk about the whole self.

My intersectional background are, I'm female, I'm a lesbian, I come from a CALD community, I have - at the moment I'm a Greens follower, I'm a greenie. Ah...I have a disability.

In life my disabilities and barriers are normally from reaching high things or people's attitudes.

My sexuality - I might get somebody who's a homophobe. So it's a different barrier on top of having a disability.

[Text on screen reads, ‘We have the right to: Freedom to make own choices and be ourselves’]

[Twenty something KIRRA]

It's that whole kind of saying of work with people, don't work for people. If your organising group doesn't have people with disabilities in it you're not organising for people with disabilities and it's very exclusionary.

[Text on screen reads, ‘We have the right to: Fair treatment in all areas of our lives including work, education and the law’]

[Red-haired Liesl is in her office]


Admittedly, it is the oldest parliament in Australia but like I said to the Government Architect, it's not accessible. I still go down the back chute instead of up the front steps beside my colleagues. And if that's in my workplace as a member of parliament my concern is what's happening out there, what barriers are in place for people who don't have the advocacy skills that I have to continue to fight for inclusion?

[Text on screen reads, ‘We have the right to: Safety from all forms of violence, abuse and poor treatment’]


Deep down I knew that it was wrong but I kept on blaming it was my fault, or I could fix it and it is apparently what so many victims believe themselves. And it's wrong. It's entirely their fault. You haven't done anything to warrant that sort of abuse.

[Akii is in her mid-twenties]


There's no situation where violence is OK and there's no situation where you need to make excuses for the person hurting you.

[Deb sits in front of a large window]


I'm just incredibly lucky because I got out before I became disabled and I now have a partner who cares for me. I'm the happiest I've ever been, I think, in my entire life. So... Despite the disability.

[Text on screen reads, ‘We have the right to: Respect for our privacy and family life’]


Parents have an absolute right to have their children, you know, in their own home, you know, by their side, instead of being taken away. A lot of parents don't get it. They get - they're afraid of having their children taken away. So we really push for the rights of parents to have their children.

[Text on screen reads, ‘We have the right to: Support to access things like healthcare, housing, and help to stand up for ourselves’]


It's interesting. I think, as a wheelchair user, as a woman with a disability, there's challenges every single day about access, there's challenges about inclusion, there's challenges about discrimination but you've really got to choose your battles.


There was a new pool being built, a new pool/gym, and there was a lot of things that weren't acceptable. So, for example, the pool chair wasn't right, the pool chair that went right into the pool, that lifts the person from the chair into the pool, wasn't right.

We just went right through that gym and pool and we submitted everything. And then it was changed.

[Text on screen reads, ‘We have these rights regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, age, sex, gender, sexuality, disability, political beliefs or religion’]


Don't be afraid and scared to speak up for yourself and to know your rights get help if you don't have the confidence, the confidence yourself, to get help from someone that does have the confidence and can support you.

[Text on screen reads, ‘Learn more at Our Site’]

[The logo for Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)]

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