Our Mission:  Women Enabled International advances human rights at the intersection of gender and disability to: respond to the lived experiences of women and girls with disabilities; promote inclusion and participation; and achieve transformative equality.
 
Our Vision: Women Enabled International envisions a world where women and girls with disabilities claim human rights, act in solidarity and lead self-determined lives.

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Tools and Guidelines


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Women and Young Persons with Disabilities: Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender-Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

WEI and the United Nations Population Fund announce this new publication, funded by the Government of Spain and officially launched on November 28, 2018. These guidelines aim to provide practical and concrete guidelines for making GBV and SRHR services more inclusive of and accessible to women and young persons with disabilities and for targeting interventions to meet their disability-specific needs.  Available in Spanish, English, French, and Easy Read Formats.

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WEI accountABILITY Toolkit

WEI presents this free toolkit to empower organizations that advocate for the rights of women with disabilities and assist them in using available U.N. human rights mechanisms. The guides are available in English and Spanish PDFs and accessible Microsoft Word formats. In addition, accompanying Fact Sheets are available in Chinese and Arabic.

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WEI Fact Sheets

An overview of frequent violations of the Right to Education, Access to Justice, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and of the right to be free from Gender-Based Violence for women and girls with disabilities, and examples of what governments must do to realize these rights. Formats include accessible English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Easy Read PDFs.

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New! ACCESS: Good Practices

WEI has created overviews of good practices for organizations and individuals for including Women with Disabilities in their social media communities and when planning international meetings. More topics to come! Available as Accessible PDFs.

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WEI's Interactive Map of Global Advocates

A groundbreaking interactive map of organizations that advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Released on International Women's Day in 2016, it has grown to include 664 organizations.

Find organizations in most countries worldwide working for the rights of disabled women and girls and aligned women’s rights organizations, disability rights organizations, academic institutions and more!

WEI's Map of Advocates

Updated March 2019

News and Recent Publications


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August 30, 2019 Submission to the Working Group on the issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice: The Rights of Women with Disabilities in the World of Work. This submission addresses the barriers and exclusion faced by women with disabilities to realizing their right to work. The submission outlines key rights violations, including the lack of data collection and research, and offers recommendations that we hope will inform the Working Group’s forthcoming report on Women's Human Rights in the Changing World of Work.

Read more at Our Work: Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice


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August 9, 2019  Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Good Practices for Increasing Effective Access to Justice for Women and Girls with Disabilities. This submission informs the Special Rapporteur on good practices to ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities, addresses global good practices for ensuring effective access to justice for women and girls with disabilities and gives recommendations that we hope will help inform the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report.

Read more at Our Work: Access to Justice


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July 26, 2019 Mexicanas Con Discapacidad and WEI Submit Preliminary Shadow Letter to the CRPD Committee for Its Upcoming Review of Mexico. This document analyzes the status of the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Mexico, with an emphasis on human rights violations including gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive rights, legal capacity, political participation, discrimination in education and a lack of data and statistics.

Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women


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June 21, 2019 WEI, Federation for Women and Family Planning, ONE.pl and independent researchers Agnieszka Król and Agnieszka Wołowicz Submission to the Committee Against Torture for its Review of Poland. This submission to the Committee against Torture highlights two reproductive rights violations of particular concern in Poland: the lack of access to safe and legal abortion for all women and the forced and coerced sterilization of women and girls with disabilities.  

Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women


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June 9, 2019 Women Enabled International participates in the 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 11-13 June 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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May 31, 2019 WEI participates in Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference. 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. The world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.

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May 17, 2019 WEI Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Health: Medical Education and Health Workforce Strengthening. This submission is intended to inform the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health's forthcoming report to the U.N. General Assembly. The submission outlines the impact of inadequate health worker training on the rights of women and girls with disabilities, highlights good practices, and suggests indicators to assess and monitor progress towards improving health worker education.

Read more at Our Work: Health, Including Sexual and Reproductive Health


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May 17, 2019 Women with Disabilities Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women: Mistreatment and Violence in Reproductive Health Care, including Facility-Based Childbirth. This submission outlines the causes, forms, and consequences of violence against women and girls with disabilities in reproductive health care settings. It highlights that women and girls with disabilities are subjected to forced reproductive health interventions, encounter abuse in maternity care, and are more often stripped of parental rights due to discrimination, lack of provider training, and the inaccessibility of facilities and information.

Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women


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