chapter  20
17 Pages

Troubling activisms

Canada and transnational disability activism
WithDeborah Stienstra

In 2017, the Canadian government announced its new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). The policy argues that the best way for the Canadian government to address poverty around the world and respond to the needs of those who are most vulnerable is with a focus on gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women. This chapter argues that the FIAP brings important attention to gender equality and offers new policy and programme openings for disability activists. It suggests that with Canada’s 2010 ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Canadian activists have primarily focused their transnational activism on human rights and state activities. Transnational activism is about how local, national and international non-governmental actors mobilize themselves and seek change in their areas of concern. Intersectionality inextricably links analysis and practice, including social movement practices, and thus has significant implications for transnational activism.