Dr. Yolanda Muñoz

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Dr. Yolanda Muñoz (she/her) is an academic and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. As a full-time wheelchair user, she has explored the social arrangements behind the unquestioned exclusion of people with disabilities. She was born in Mexico and is currently a guest in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, which is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations. In the field of disability rights, she has served as a volunteer with several grassroots organizations in Mexico and Quebec. Professionally, she has served as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, as Program Officer with the Disability Rights Fund, as an external consultant for Global Greengrants Fund and has collaborated with the Disability-Inclusive Climate Action Research Program, with the Faculty of Law at McGill University. In the academic field, she completed a MA and a PhD in Japanese Studies, with speciality in the Ainu women of Northern Japan. Her knowledge on feminist theory and practice has been the motivation to design and teach the course “Gender and Disability,” offered since 2006 at the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.

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