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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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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November 22, 2017 WEI's Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Deprivation of Liberty & the Right to Health for Women with Disabilities.

According to WHO and the World Bank, women and girls with disabilities constitute 19.2% of women worldwide. At the same time, women with disabilities make up a disproportional percentage of the population of women deprived of their liberty, including in both traditional detention settings and institutional settings. For individuals who have been deprived of their liberty, access to acceptable and quality health care can be particularly elusive. This submission focuses on two key areas in which the right to health and deprivation of liberty intersect.    Read the publication

icon of globe and a document October 31, 2017 WEI's Comments to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for a report on best practices for birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

WEI's submission identifies common barriers that prevent families from registering the births of children born with disabilities and the severe consequences for children with disabilities whose births are not registered, including the risk of "mercy killings" with impunity. Where births go unregistered, children with disabilities are also at risk of violations of their rights to life, health, nationality, social services, and education. WEI's submission offers recommendations to facilitate the birth registration of all children.    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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