A group shot of girls and women with disabilities and community stakeholders.

Women and girls with disabilities and stakeholders that were a part of the “Dialogues on Inclusion from Perspectives of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Vietnam” workshop, Hanoi, July 26, 2019.

Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research and Activism – TDKRA is a collaborative project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) over four years, from 2016 until 2020. This project focuses on engaging women and girls with disabilities in three disadvantaged communities in Hanoi, Thua Thien Hue, and Can Tho, Vietnam in participatory research as a way of building local knowledge and developing activism in support of their inclusion. We provide opportunities for graduate students, academics, and activists in Canada to engage in transnational work for social justice with disabled girls and women in the global South.

The participants view “ I Am A Leader Because…” exhibition

A ‘walk-about’ activity at the “I Am A Leader Because…” exhibition, A Luoi, July 2019.

The TDKRA project has three key objectives:

  • To document the situation of girls with disabilities in education in three geographic areas of Vietnam;
  • To test out the use of interdisciplinary, community-engaged, and participatory methods that engage girls and women with disabilities; and
  • To build capacity for Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) by engaging them in collaborative research practices which foster collective activism.

More information regarding the TDKRA Project is available at carleton.ca/tkaa

Girls and Women, who are wearing yellow shirts, joining hands in a circle.

Girls and Women from three project sites joining hands in a circle before their presentation at the national workshop, Hanoi, July 26, 2019.

There is a young woman wearing a white shirt and holding a microphone

A representative from A Luoi (Hue) sharing her experiences in the TDKRA project.

There are four girls with disabilities presenting their response. On the right-hand side, there is a sign language interpreter.

Presentation by a group of girls regarding how to promote the sustainability of the TDKRA project in their community.

The two girls and one woman have a presentation to community members.

A poster presentation by girls and women with disabilities in A Luoi, July 2019.

There is a girl taking a photo for a photo-voice project.

A photovoice activity in Hanoi, July 2018.

There is a girl introducing her group’s cellphilm to guests. Behind her is the brainstorming of the cellphilm.

A conversation between a girl with disabilities and the community members on cellphilm production, Can Tho, July 2017.

 There is a group of participants making a flower face

A group of girls at the national workshop, Hanoi, July 26, 2019.