My Body, My Voice Project

My Body, My Voice is a research project launched by WHISE in 2024, in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) and the Butterfly Foundation. The project explores the experiences of body image by women with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other over-lapping identities. 

Body image has long been understood as an able-bodied woman’s ‘concern’. We aim to diversify that conversation more broadly to include women with disabilities and other intersecting identities.

This project aims to answer the following research question:  

How do women with disabilities and other over-lapping identities feel toward their body, why, and what can we do about it? 

My Body, My Voice Survey

In March 2024, WHISE conducted a survey for people in Victoria to provide their insight on the following:

  • Your experience living with disability.
  • How this has impacted your relationship to your body image.
  • Experiences with over-lapping identities, including but not limited to; race, ethnicity, sexuality, and being in a larger body.   

Select survey participants are included in online focus groups to further explore their survey responses and strengthen our research base.

The survey stage of the My Body, My Voice Project is now closed.

My Body, My Voice Contact Form

Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.

Support is available: 

Butterfly National Helpline: 1800 33 4673 

*131 450 to access Butterfly’s telephone interpreting service 

Eating Disorders Victoria: 1300 550 236 

Beyond Blue 24/7 Counselling Service: 1300 22 4636 

The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1800 880 052   


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Lifeline: 13 11 14 

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