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DAWN-RAFH Canada launches initiative to address Violence Again…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   DAWN-RAFH Canada launches multi year initiative to address Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women November 25, 2015 (Montreal)  DAWN-RAFH Canada is pleased to announce the launch of “Legislation, Policy and Service Responses to Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women”, a multi-year initiative …Continue reading DAWN-RAFH Canada launches initiative to address Violence Again…

DAWN-RAFH Canada celebrates 30 years of service to women with …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2015 (Montreal). Today the DisAbled Women’s Network / Réseau d’action des femmes handicapées (DAWN-RAFH) Canada begins a year of celebrating 30 years of service to Canadian to women with disabilities and Deaf women.  Seventeen women with disabilities from across the country met in Ottawa from …Continue reading DAWN-RAFH Canada celebrates 30 years of service to women with …

Bodies of Light

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BODIES OF LIGHT: Celebrating International Women’s Day though the Lens of Disability and Difference In their debut single, “This isn’t Disneyland”, ‘The Sisters of Invention attack the myth of fairy-tale princesses in their video, kicking down Lego towers and destroying toys–ripping a stuffed animal apart and lighting …Continue reading Bodies of Light

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DAWN-RAFH CANADA WORKING TO INCREASE ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AND DEAF WOMEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF CRIME

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Montreal (April 8, 2014) In recognition of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week April 6-12, the DisAbled Women's Network of Canada / Réseau d’action des femmes handicapées (DAWN-RAFH Canada) is launching a campaign aimed at informing women with disabilities and Deaf women about their right to report abuse and to have their abusers tried in court.

Press Release – December 20, 2013

Women with mental health issues need to be supported, not criminalized: DAWN-RAFH Canada responds to verdict in Ashley Smith inquest

Yesterday the verdict of homicide was announced in the inquest surrounding the death of Ashley Smith, a 19 year old woman with several mental health issues who died in prison in October 2007. Ashley Smith had not received a proper diagnosis until after her death and faced violence within the prison system as someone labelled with behavioral problems. Ms. Smith was an inmate at numerous correctional institutions and was given a one month sentence for a minor misdemeanor which led to a 6 year imprisonment due to incidents which occurred while she was in custody.

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Students/artists with disabilities should be encouraged to re-design accessibility symbol

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The DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada / Reseau d’action des femmes handicapées Canada (DAWN-RAFH Canada) is encouraging post-secondary students with disabilities to participate in an international competition to redesign the accessibility symbol.

Women with Disabilities demand changes at the United Nations!

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September 21, 2012 (Montreal) - The DisAbled Women’s Network / Reseau d’action de femmes handicappeés (DAWN-RAFH Canada) and an international adhoc coalition of women with disabilities made key interventions at the United Nations Conference of State Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to ensure that the issues of women with disabilities become a priority.
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