What is Women Enabled International?

WEI works at the intersection of women's rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to—and strengthens international human rights standards on—issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, education, legal capacity, and humanitarian emergencies. Working in collaboration with women with disabilities rights organizations and women's rights organizations worldwide, WEI fosters cooperation across movements to improve understanding and develop cross-cutting advocacy strategies to realize the rights of all women and girls. Our logo is the woman symbol ♀ with the letters 'WE' inside of the circle.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities Fact Sheet

Jan 8, 2018. WEI has developed a new fact sheet that provides a brief overview of common forms of SRHR violations for women and girls with disabilities, identifies the fundamental human rights that underlie the right of women and girls with disabilities to sexual and reproductive health, and provides examples of what governments need to do to realize these rights. Download it now.

View our interactive global map of advocates to find
women's and disabilities rights organizations near you!
Updated August 9, 2017

A map of northern Africa, the middle east and lower europe with markers in many locations. WEI's comprehensive, groundbreaking report and interactive map of the field of advocates for the rights of women and girls with disabilities was released on March 8, 2016, International Women's Day. It is continually updated with new organizations and additional information on these organizations.

WEI received generous funding for this survey project, which fosters a greater understanding of global advocacy for the rights of women and girls with disabilities.

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News and Recent Publications

December 8, 2017 WEI Vacancy Announcement: Director of Development

WEI is now accepting applications for a Director of Development. The position is part-time (20-25 hours per week), and will be available starting in February/March 2018. The Director of Development will support Women Enabled International’s President and Board of Directors in a variety of fundraising projects. We seek an experienced, proactive, and entrepreneurial development leader to direct efforts to cultivate and expand our donor universe. View the position description

icon of globe and a document November 30, 2017 WEI's Comments to the CRPD Committee on its Draft General Comment No. 6 on Equality and Non-Discrimination

Women and girls with disabilities experience unique violations of their rights as a result of discrimination based on disability. Disability-based violence and violations in the context of sexual and reproductive rights are distinct forms of discrimination. In this submission to the CRPD Committee, WEI comments and provides recommendations on recognizing discrimination and on the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Read the publication

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In the 21st century, women across the globe continue to experience gender-based discrimination that impedes the full realization of their human rights. WEI’s forthcoming toolkit seeks to empower women with disabilities, working on their behalf to make use of available U.N. mechanisms to ensure that the human rights violations against women with disabilities experience receive redress and to make sure that the U.N. incorporates an intersectional gender and disability rights perspective.

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