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Making the SDGs Count for Women and Girls with Disabilities


Making the SDGs Count for Women and Girls with Disabilities

UN Women report 2017

Over one billion people worldwide experience some form of disability. Global prevalence is greater for women than men, standing at 19 per cent compared with 12 per cent respectively.

In low and middle-income countries, women are estimated to comprise up to three-quarters of persons with disabilities. Poverty and marginalization are compounded when gender and disability intersect.

Women and girls with disabilities face multiple barriers to realizing their rights: environmental, physical and informational accessibility issues, including lack of resources

and inadequate access to services, as well as widespread discrimination, stereotyping and social stigma.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the global community with an enormous opportunity and the moral obligation to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all women and girls, and address the rights and demands of women with disabilities as a matter of priority.

 

Women and girls with disabilities: At a glance

  • One in five women live with a disability globally.

  • An estimated one in four households has a person with disabilities.

  • Women are more likely than men to become disabled throughout the course of their lives.

  • Women comprise up to three-quarters of persons with disabilities in low and middle-income countries.

  • Prevalence of disability is higher among marginalized populations and people in rural areas.