chapter  9
Peer education
A platform for sexuality rights advocacy for women with intellectual disabilities
WithPatsie Frawley, Amie O’Shea
Pages 16

This chapter shows the need to look for advocacy and activism in different places and different forms, in particular by women with intellectual disability who are often isolated from politically formed and structured advocacy. It presents a question how women with intellectual disability can claim this gendered perspective about their lives, and add their voices to the scholarly and advocacy debates that inform feminist disability studies and women with disabilities advocacy, and answers it to some extent by looking at how leading women with intellectual disability advocates have done this. The chapter describes how women with an intellectual disability in Australia are finding and using their voices in a peer education programme about sexuality rights called Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships, and extending their voices into the public domain as advocates about issues connected to their peer educator role.