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How can girls with disabilities become activists in their own lives? Creating opportunities for policy dialogue through 'knowledge mobilisation spaces'

Xuan Thuy Nguyen, Thuy Linh Dang, Claudia Mitchell
This article examines the ways in which girls with disabilities (GWD) in the Global South, in this case Vietnam, could engage in policy dialogues by examining the ways in which these girls can raise their voices through what we describe as 'knowledge mobilisation spaces'. Specifically, we ask: How can researchers engage in activist work with girls and young women with disabilities? What do we learn from their voices? How can knowledge mobilisation strategies such as photo exhibitions and video screenings become creative spaces for supporting their dialogues with policymakers and other stakeholders? Drawing on a research project, 'Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism', we reflect on our experiences as activist researchers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of facilitating dialogues with GWD. In particular, we discuss opportunities for creating more inclusive dialogues with these girls and young women through a workshop, called "I Am A Leader Because … ". With this approach we highlight the importance of creating spaces for GWD to become activists in their lives using their stories and the dialogues generated through these spaces. Such an approach allows for more democratic spaces and for voices to be heard in inclusive policy dialogues.

Publisher URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10130950.2020.1846276

DOI: 10.1080/10130950.2020.1846276

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