Intersectionality and Poverty: An Analysis of Women with Disabilities in the Philippines Through the Lens of Developmental Studies and Disability Studies

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room (221)

 Prof Soya Mori, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization

 Department of Anthropology

Please join us for a talk by Soya Mori (Professor and Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley Dept of Anthropology) on Wednesday, March 21st at 4pm, in the Gifford Room (221), Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley.

This talk (part of the HIFIS Disability Studies Occasional Lecture Series) is free and open to the public. Presentation given in ASL (ASL interpretation provided). Venue is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products. For any access questions or needs (including CART transcription), please email: knak@berkeley.edu

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Talk description: The subject area of “women with disabilities in developing countries” is complex and nuanced. It falls within the domain of Intersectionality because it encompasses Gender, Disability and Social/Economic Development. The situation of women with disabilities in developing countries has been mentioned in many scholarly articles on international cooperation. And although we are aware of case studies, discourse analysis and literary criticism related to this issue appearing in sociological studies, there have been very few quantitative, evidence-based analyses applicable to related policy decisions. For example, these women can be referred to as “multiply-disadvantaged” due to their poverty and the barriers they face. We know their lives are difficult, yet we do not know specifically what contributes to the challenges they face, especially in comparison with women in general. We also do not know how their situation differs from that of men with disabilities in the same country.

In this presentation, I will share my analysis of the status of women with disabilities in the Philippines, based on the data I collected between 2008 and 2017 in both the northern and southern regions of the country. One reason I designed a study to compare these two geographical areas is that it appears that the women in the southern region experience greater social barriers than those in the northern region. I hope the analysis will reveal many of the factors at work in the Philippines so that we can see the effects of intersectionality and understand them much better through the examination of specific, concrete situations in these women’s lives.

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This talk is sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Disability Studies Research Cluster, and Prof. Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies.

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