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Monday, December 14, 2015

First-Ever Survey on Advocacy for the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities Globally

Women Enabled International launched a survey this year to create the first-ever map and report from advocates for the rights of women and girls with disabilities globally. They have had overwhelming success learning from the responses to their Survey and Mapping project.

Nearly 300 key advocates from over sixty countries participated in the survey, provided in English, Spanish and French.  Women Enabled International has announced a few preliminary results:

Key issues organizations address_ for women and girls with disabilities. Pie chart indicates about one-eighths of respondents address Preventing and ending gender based violence_ another one eight on sexual and reproductive health_ another eighth on policy and advocacy_ another eigth on education rights and support_ a smaller segment on employment rights and support. The rest is focused on a wide range of other issues including access to caregiving_ women affected by war_ conflict situations and natural disasters_ media activism_ budget monitoring_ legal capacity and autonomy_ and many more
* Among the key issues that organizations address, in terms of women and girls with disabilities, there was a varied distribution of responses: 
  • * 98% of respondents said collaboration among organizations advocating for women & girls is important.
  • * Over half of responding organizations are managed by women & girls with disabilities.
  • * Over 30% of organizations are focused primarily on women with disabilities rights. 
  • * Organizations serve & represent an average of 100 - 500 women & girls with disabilities annually, with an even mix of urban & rural women.
Most organizations focusing on women with disabilities struggle for funding and depend on volunteers and small donations to fund their critical work.

The above information is as shared from the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD): http://www.usicd.org/

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