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Ucca Arawindha: Social Exclusion is Also a Problem for Non-Disabled People

Ucca Arawindha memberikan pantikan diskusi mengenai gerakan perempuan difabel di Yogyakarta pada Rabu, 5 September 2018, di Rumah Layanan Disabilitas Universitas Brawijaya.

Kota Malang—As a monthly agenda, this discussion was held again after long-term break. Holding at First Floor of Rumah Layanan Disabilitas Universitas Brawijaya at Wednesday, 5 September 2018, CDSS UB invited Ucca Arawindha, a lecturer at Sociology Department, as the speaker.

As the result of research conducted by Ucca and her colleagues at Sociolgy Department, this discussion is titled “Movement of Women with Disabilities in Yogyakarta”. Guided by Andi Zulfajrin and Saphira Kusbandiah, she delivers the result of her research an hour with some interactive questions with 30 participants present at that forum.

In her inventions, Ucca explains that the contribution of disabled people organizations and nongovernmental organization which have concerns on people with disabilities is significant in supporting women with disabilities’ movement in Yogyakarta.

“We see that by the support and help of DPO and NGO, women with disabilities in Yogyakarta tallied some benefits to develop their skills and autonomy,” says Ucca in her explanations.

Ucca also reveals that variety of strategy and organization sounding this issue is important key of women with disabilities’ movement. She mentions some organizations of civil society having programs on women with disabilities, either DPO or NGO, which have made the issue as part of their big agenda. For her, the lively campaign in social media or other strategy make women with disabilities feel facilitated.

New Social Movement

Ucca did the research in 2017 with a focus on one of the civil society organizations in Yogyakarta as a subject. Through the research, she got comprehensive consideration and conclusion that the dynamics of women with disabilities’ movement in Yogyakarta has had strong and positive impact from the strategy of DPO and NGO which have very effective method to frame disability issues.

“Categorically, the movement is a new social movement which does not only focus to change economic condition. It has been touching other aspect social live such as stigma, stereotype, and social exclusion,” Ucca says.

Her other important findings are the framing that social exclusion is the problem experienced by all people, not only people with disabilities. With this framing, supports from all elements and sectors have been accumulated and found its benefits in accelerating inclusion.

At the end of the session, Ucca emphasizes to the participants that social exclusion experienced by people with disabilities could set as a general issue which not only advocated by them, but also by others such as academicians who have concerns on different aspects etc. law, economy, agriculture, health issues, and the likes.

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