Women and girls with disabilities face triple discrimination; by being female, having a disability and being amongst the poorest of the poor. They are often subjected to discrimination in accessing education, employment, family life and health care and are often at a greater risk of violence injury, abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) recognises that women and girls with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination. It contains a range of Articles which require States party to ensure equality between men and women with disabilities and also to address the specific needs and rights of women with disabilities (Article 6). This includes protection from violence and abuse (Article 16) and access to healthcare (Article 25).
Women with disabilities have traditionally remained invisible in both disability and gender policies. Effective inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in development interventions require both specific strategies and mainstreaming strategies.
Resources in this section focus mainly on how to support the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities and include position papers, case studies and practical guidance on inclusion.
See also: Children with disabilities, Sexual and reproductive health, Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction, Fragile States and Conflict affected areas.