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.

Interactive Global Map of Advocates

Find women's and disabilities rights organizations near you!
Updated January 2018

WEI's Global Map of Advocates is a groundbreaking interactive map depicting organizations that advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. It was released on March 8, 2016, International Women's Day, and since then has grown to include more than 600 organizations.

There are seven categories of organizations listed on the map, each identified by a corresponding symbol: Women with Disabilities Organizations; Women's Rights Organizations; Disability Rights Organizations; Human Rights Organizations; Academic institutions; Funding Entities; and Government Entities.

The Global Map of Advocates has two accompanying appendices that provide more detail on the mapped organizations, including wherever applicable the organization’s website, contact information, social media accounts, and the organization’s "category."

This map is continually updated with new organizations. If you would like to submit your organization or one you know that advocates for the rights of women and girls with disabilities, please email info@womenenabled.org with the organization’s name, website (if applicable), and contact information.

 

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Download the New WEI Resource
SRHR of Women and Girls with Disabilities Fact Sheet

In January 2018, WEI developed a fact sheet that provides a brief overview of common forms of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights violations for women and girls with disabilities and provides examples of what governments need to do to realize these rights and the underlying human rights.

Download it now: SRHR Facts in English | SRHR datos en espanol

Read more about WEI's soon-to-be released accountABILITY toolkit

News and Recent Publications

icon of globe and a documentFeb 8, 2018 Electing Women with Disabilities to the CRPD Committee: Tips for Potential Candidates

Out of the 18 experts on the current CRPD Committee, only one is a woman with a disability. We need strong women to ensure our rights. WEI has put together some tips on how to run for CRPD committee. Nominations for elections close on April 12, 2018.
Read the publication


icon of globe and a document January 31, 2018 Preliminary Shadow Letter on Poland to the CRPD Committee List of Issues

WEI and Association for Women with Disabilities ONE.pl submitted a preliminary shadow letter on the rights of women and girls with disabilities to the CRPD Committee to assist the Committee in developing a list of important issues it should address with Poland during its upcoming review in September. This letter highlights gaps in Poland's state report to the CRPD Committee, including concerning gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive rights, legal capacity, and employment and discrimination. The letter further addresses three reservations that Poland made when it ratified the CRPD—on legal capacity, abortion, and the right to marry and found a family—which disproportionately affect the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Read the publication

icon of globe and a documentJanuary 31, 2018 Preliminary Shadow Letter on South Africa to the CRPD Committee List of Issues

WEI, Cape Mental Health, Professor Helene Combrinck of North-West University, The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, and Lawyers for Human Rights submitted a preliminary shadow letter on the rights of women and girls with disabilities to the CRPD Committee to assist the Committee in developing a list of important issues it should address with South Africa during its upcoming review in September. This letter highlights gaps in South Africa's state report to the CRPD Committee, including concerning gender-based violence and access to services, sexual and reproductive rights care and violations, legal capacity, access to justice, and lack of data and statistics on women with disabilities. Read the publication


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