According to Natalia, the support of other women is now more necessary than ever, so that women with functional diversity can make their voices heard instead of being ignored or spoken for. No one has taken the effort to research the marginalization of women with functional diversity – so it is a little known fact that today, in the 21st century, Colombia is still sterilizing women with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.
“Many families defend sterilization, saying that they want to protect these women from abuse. But, it does not stop the abuse from happening in the first place! That is not protection. That is one of the changes we are fighting for in Polimorfas in terms of gender and disability”.
Why a butterfly?
Colectiva Polimorfas brings together women with all kinds of functional diversity – not just physical, but also intellectual and psychosocial. “We are all diverse as our name suggests. Polimorfas comes from ancient Greek and means diverse. We also wanted a logo that would reflect that diversity; so we chose a butterfly, filled with circles of different sizes and colours”.
“We may be fragile, like butterflies, but we also know we can fly very high and make a very impactful change. That is our dream: reach many more women with functional diversity who are living now in isolation in Colombia and show them there are also other discourses, empower them. And of course, generate stronger alliances with other women’s movements – because the fight against patriarchy is one we must fight together.”
In June we launched the campaign #MyBodyIsMine. In the face of continuing limitations on our safety, choices and self-expression, the #MyBodyIsMine campaign calls on girls, women, trans and intersex people from all walks of life to share their stories about what their autonomy, freedom and pleasure mean to them.
Inspiring activists from around the world like Georgina Orellano, Panmela Castro and Alok Vaid-Menon kicked off the campaign. Do you want to stand with them, and make your own statement?
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