The association of disabled women "One.pl"
This is an initiative of a group
of friends and we would like to enlarge this group.
Discussion not attack is our method.
We are a group of women. We are a group
of active women. We are a group of active disabled women.
What? Disabled? It sounds like a prison sentence. Like
a third, fourth, fith category of a human being. Like
a third sex . Like a worse citizen. Like an unexisting
being. What? Disabled. We can't eliminate words like
those. But we want to adapt those terms. To give another
context to them. Let's try to turn a sentence for life
into an idea for life. A worthy, active, normal one.
A disabled woman is doubly discriminated
against - because of her sex and because of "her
lack of ability".
Apart from the problems that disabled
women share with other disabled, there are also those
ones concerning only women.
It is visible in STATISTICS.
EDUCATION: according to the research from the year 2000
the huge rate of 57,3 % of disabled people had only
a primary education. 19% of disabled people had a middle
education. And only 3,5% of disabled people had a higher
education. Women make up the majority among the UNEMPLOYED
disabled people which means 53,2% of the population
of the disabled. As far as education is concerned it's
analogical - women are a worse educated group. It's
similar with ECONOMICAL ACTIVITY- in a group of 2071
disabled men, 1556 are unemployed and in the same group
of disabled women there are 1877 unemployed, which gives
an unemployment rate 12,1 for men, and up to 20,4 for
In comparison with other countries from the EU, in Poland
we have the lowest rate of employment of disabled people
and the highest rate of pensioners.
Where do we come from?
We are a group of educated, active women
(among others a lawyer, a psychologist, a polish scholar,
a social worker, a musician). We decided to work in
a non-governmental area in order to fight against double
discrimination that we and others similar to us have
to face in this country. The fact is that we have to
live in a reality that discriminates against people
because of their sex as well as their "the lack
of the ability". That's why we decided to create
an association, that is going to concentrate on both
issues. We know it will not be easy to cope with the
problem but we are not going to give up.
Where do we go to?
We intend to be occupied with "THE
PRIVATE" as well as "THE PUBLIC" part
of disabled women's life. Among our major aims there
is to create good circumstances that let disabled women
live a worthy life. To reach this it is necessary to
have employment that gives financial independence. That's
why we plan leading different courses, making research
on the work market in order to find possibilities for
a disabled women's career and publishing information
We want to support scientific and artistic
activity for disabled women and promote them by social
campaigns, conferences, exibitions or concerts.
We also want to organize a professional
psychological help and build a web of support groups
for disabled women as well as their families and friends.
And finally we are going to face a taboo
subject connected with the sexuality of disabled women
which is a matter of great importance for us.