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Grassroots network seeks end to multiple discrimination faced by disabled women

DPI Women's Network Japan member Kumiko Usui (Photo courtesy of Kumiko Usui)

After moving with her family from Aichi Prefecture to the Kanto region, Sadako Sasaki -- who is completely blind -- began to face gossip when neighbors learned of her disability. "People started to say things like, 'How sad for her kids. I wonder who cooks for them?'" she recounted. "It made me feel like I was being discriminated against on two separate levels. First, people were assuming that blind people couldn't cook. And secondly, they assumed that since I'm a woman, it was me who was supposed to be doing the cooking in the first place." Read more from

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When: 05/2/2014

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