Disabled Women in the North East

Power and Influence: Disabled Women in the North East

Wednesday 24th January  10:30-12:30, Hybrid: In-person at Catherine Cookson Room, The Word, South Shields, and online via Zoom.


The new North East Mayoral Combined Authority (NEMCA) comes into being in 2024. It will be responsible for the aspirations and life chances of over one million women and girls. This means that the 7 North East local authorities (County Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Northumberland, and Newcastle) will join to have responsibility for key areas of policy. These include: economic development; adult education and skills; transport; housing and regeneration.

Disabled women are severely underrepresented in decision-making. We also know that Disabled women’s needs are often misunderstood in women’s organisations. But then we are also underrepresented in disabled-led organisations too!

The One Million Women and Girls Campaign wants a future North East to maximise the potential of Women and Girls in the region. Likewise, Difference NE want a Disability Devolution (read our manifesto at the bottom of this page) for a North East where Disabled people are included in decision-making and disability justice is prioritised. So we’re working together to make sure that Disabled women have voice and influence over what matters to them.

Join us to make sure the barriers and enablers for Disabled women in the North East are brought to the fore.

Sign up here to come along.


We advocate taking an intersectional approach to maximising the potential of all Disabled women and girls which means listening to the lived experience of any marginalised group, including; lesbians, bi-sexual and trans women; migrant women; older and younger women; pregnant women; racially marginalised women; and working class women. This campaign is trans-inclusive.


3 women stand back to back, one raises their hand in the air, another listens though a hearing aid, and another looks down. Amplified together.

Image credit: Marek Tartal, published under Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC-SA).