“I am beautiful. You too!” is a fashion show for women with disabilities with the aim of embracing and respecting the beauty of diversity and differences.
The event is part of a communication campaign initiated by Will to Live Center during in response to gender-based violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking problem.
According to a survey given by Yarrow Place – South Australia, over 80% of women get raped in their house, particularly women with disabilities. After such experiences, women often feel guilty and may begin to view their bodies as inferior because of their disabilities. As a result, they may rarely go out and make friends. Therefore, they have limited relationships with other people and opportunities to access information related to violence or rights. They thus lack the ability to protect themselves and suffer from violence of evildoers.
The main goals of the “I am beautiful. You too!” event is to deepen society’s understanding of disabilities, change long-held negative perceptions towards people with disabilities, as well as encourage people with disabilities to believe in and love themselves more, integrate more into society, and raise their voices.