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Brilliant and Resilent: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists is on exhibit at OU’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art until August 27th

Photo of Kenyan woman picture from exhibit.

An exhibit photo that features a Kenyan woman with a disability

MIUSA’s Brilliant and Resilient touring exhibition celebrates the power

of disabled women activists at UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) Brilliant and Resilient Project is being featured in Eugene from June 10 to August 27. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is presenting selections from this special touring exhibition that features different women with disabilities’ personal stories. The JSMA is at 1430 Johnson Lane on the University of Oregon Campus.

The Brilliant & Resilient project features a collection of photographs and personal stories of 50 women with different types of disabilities representing 41 countries. These powerful portraits and vignettes — from alumni of MIUSA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) — illustrate the issues that significantly impact their lives: access to education, employment, political power, reproductive health services, and HIV/AIDS and violence prevention.

The Brilliant and Resilient book accompanies the traveling photo exhibition. All materials are available in English and Spanish as well as audio format. The project honors the 1995 Beijing U.N. World Conference on Women, a historic event that ignited the international disabled women’s rights movement.

Revenues from the exhibition and book sales support the next generation of emerging women leaders with disabilities to participate in MIUSA’s women’s leadership trainings. MIUSA’s women’s programs support the implementation of Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which promotes the full development, advancement and empowerment of women with disabilities. To see more ,visit the Brilliant and Resilient website. There is a video to watch and a brochure available to download.

Founded in 1981, in Eugene, by Susan Sygall and Barbara Williams, MIUSA is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. For more than thirty years, MIUSA has developed an extensive network of 2,300-plus alumni from 135+ countries who are working for the rights of people with disabilities. Revenues from the exhibition and book sales support the next generation of emerging women leaders with disabilities to participate in MIUSA’s leadership trainings.