Susie Boyd, National Forum Of Women With Disabilities, Akram discussed on Woman's Hour
Susie, thank you very much. Susie Boyd's book loved and missed it was out in the summer, and the paperback will be available in the new year. The beer akram is a Pakistani disability rights activist. She's the founder of the national forum of women with disabilities in Pakistan and a leading figure within the disability rights movement in the country, as well as in Asia and the Pacific. And she's now been named one of the BBC's 100 women in 2021. She joins me now. I feel welcome. Can you tell me a little bit about your upbringing and what it was that made you want to become a disabilities rights campaigner? Thank you so much. Thank you. I think from our perspective, the civility is this at different lifestyle. And how we are bringing that obviously most difficult and challenging when I started the work because most of the women I would say before the medical based approach of people will not recognize as the human being. So for that, this has started the work in the disability sectors since 1997 and I thought they are not the only one in this world who are facing the discrimination and the challenges because of my disability because of the background in all, but it's really important to see there are 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. And 50% of them are women and girls with disability. And more than 80% they were living in the global south who were facing all the challenges and the discrimination in their life. And they were like struggling for the basic health education employment opportunities and during the disastrous response that recently in the COVID response we have witnessed like women with disabilities are the first one who are facing the gender based violence, sexual harassment. And they would like the completely ignored by the family members and people will bring that our daughters die before we die because nobody is going to take care of them. And they don't have the support mechanism by the state by the government or the locally organization that are not supporting them to how we can protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities. I think your question like I would say it's support and also the economic men and I of a lot of other women with disabilities from their everyday experiences has given me that power to work on the right of women with disability and collectively with sightseeing was we are working to make that more visible visibility of the disability in the overall development and how we can make their voices more visible and they can be included in the overall development. Appear your background, you are actually able to get a mainstream education, which I gather as something that is very often not available to disabled women or disabled anyone who's got disabilities in Pakistan..