Women and girls with disabilities continue to face inequalities in the society!

International Women's Day 2020

Here some examples!


Girls with disabilities face inequality in accessing to education. Available data show that only 41.7 per cent of girls with disabilities complete primary school, compared to 50.6 per cent of men and boys with disabilities and 52.9 per cent of women and girls without disabilities. 


There is a significant inequality between women with disabilities and men with disabilities and women without disabilities in the employment. Women with disabilities have a 19.6 per cent employment rate, compared with 52.8 per cent for men with disabilities and 29.9 per cent for women without disabilities. Women, including those with disabilities are more likely to engage in domestic activities and be informal carers for children and family members.This could lead to reduced opportunities for women and girls with disabilities to participate in the society and pose higher risk of poverty. 

Sexual and reproductive health services:

Women and girls with disabilities are persistently confronted with barriers to sexual and reproductive health services and to information on comprehensive sex education, particularly women and girls with intellectual disabilities. Systematic discrimination against them continue to lead to violation of their sexual and reproductive rights through practices such as forced sterilization, forced abortion, and forced contraception.

Gender-based Violence:

Women and girls with disabilities experience gender-based violence at disproportionately higher rates and in unique forms due to discrimination and stigma based on both gender and disability. It is estimated that women with disabilities are 1.5 to 10 times more likely to be abused, either physically or sexually, by a family member or caregiver than women without disabilities. Likewise, available research shows that indigenous women face intersecting forms of discrimination due to their gender, indigenous identity and disability, and are often disproportionately victims of sexual violence. The threat of violence is particularly high in conflict areas, where women and girls with disabilities are at high risk of gender-based violence, such as sexual abuse and forced impregnation.


Despite these disparities, stand-alone policies on women and girls with disabilities remain limited. They are often excluded in policy and decision-making processes, including those addressing gender equality and/or disability inclusion. Women and girls with disabilities are often invisible in national laws and policies and remain marginal to global discussions and agreements relevant to their empowerment. 

We women with disabilities demand:

  1. Eliminate multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls with disabilities based on racial, color, ethnic, indigenous identity or other grounds, through laws, policies and practices; 
  2. Prevent and eliminate all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse, including sexual violence against women and girls with disabilities through laws, policies and practices;
  3. Promote disability-inclusive development and humanitarian action; 
  4. Empower women and girls with disabilities and enhance their participation and leadership in society through taking measures to address all barriers that prevent or restrict the full and equal participation of women and girls with disabilities including education, healthcare services, employment, amongst others.
  5. Collect, analyze, data disaggregated by income, sex, race, age, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant to national contexts.

You will find the full text of which I only took extracts if you 

Download the full Report on the Situation of women and girls with disabilities and the Status of CRPD.

Dinah Radtke

DPI  Vice Chair