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GDA’s disabled women’s network comes together to ensure disabled women’s voices are heard in the drive for both disability equality and gender equality.

GDA know that disabled women are frequently voiceless and invisible. We are
determined to make sure that their voices are listened to, priorities acted on and
lives improved.

GDA follow an intersectional approach, recognising and empowering women who
face multiple oppressions and intersecting barriers, to participate. As such, diversity
of disabled women’s voices and lived experience can be at the heart of identifying themes and building solutions with decision makers.

GDA’s Women’s network has contributed their lived experience to vital research such as the Daisie Project with our allies at Wise Women, and Our Bodies Our Rights with Engender and Inclusion Scotland.

Our CEO, Tressa Burke, was invited to join the First Minister’s National  Advisory Council on Women and Girls in 2019, and GDA’s Women’s network has ensured disabled women’s participation and fed in their vital lived experience to the dialogue and plans of the First Minister’s Advisory Council.

GDA Sisters – Purple Poncho Players Performance

Most recently, GDA produced our ‘Triple Whammy Report’, capturing the experiences of GDA women living with the triple whammy of, being disabled, being a woman and living through Covid-19.

The research was informed by 16 specific events from February 2020 –
February 2022 to capture the lived experiences, voices and priorities of disabled

You can read the findings here:

To get involved or find out more about GDA’s Disabled Women’s Network, please email [email protected]