CREA, a long-time Channel grantee partner, in partnership with T Brand Studio, the content studio of the New York Times, has published “Disability, Sexuality and Consent: How Activists are Reshaping the Narrative”, an article featuring seven disabled activists and their experiences working to advocate for disability, sexuality and consent.
The article, depicting the lived experiences of the seven activists, seeks to bring the issues of disability, sexuality and consent to “larger audiences which are all too often ignored, misunderstood, or simply not prioritized, and ideally to shift minds and hearts.” The seven activists include Janet Price, Nu, Niluka Gunawardena, Jeeja Ghosh, Catalina Devandas, and Agness Chindimba.
Janet Price, is a feminist CripQueer activist that advocates for sexuality, disability, and social justice across the United Kingdom and India. Nu is a disabled queer activist and founder and editor in chief of Revival Disability India, a disabled queer collective. Niluka Gunawardena is a Sri Lankan activist, researcher and lecturer in disability studies. Jeeja Ghosh is a disability rights activist and project lead at EnAble India, “an NGO working for the economic independence and dignity of persons with disabilities.” Catalina Devanadas, executive director of Disability Rights Fund, a Channel grantee partner, is a Costa Rican human rights advocate and lawyer who identifies as a person with a disability. Lastly, Agness Chindimba is a women’s rights and disability activist and the founder and executive director of Deaf Women Included, a “community-based organization that creates training programs and mobilizes resources for d/Deaf people” focusing on sexual reproductive health and gender-based violence, with a focus on sexual reproductive health and working with survivors of gender-based violence.”
CREA believes “community is really about a wider global movement that thinks differently about ableism, sexuality, gender and rights for people with disabilities.” Each of the activists have worked in collaboration with CREA and utilized their work as lecturers, advisors, and activists to help shape CREA’s sexuality and disability advocacy work. CREA, alongside these activists, is working to expand ideas of ableism, sexuality, disability, and gender and strengthen these intersectional movements.