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. Working in collaboration with women with disabilities rights organizations and women's rights organizations Globally, WEI fosters cooperation across movements to increase international attention to and strengthen 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. Our logo is the woman symbol ♀ with the letters 'WE' inside the circle.

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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.  

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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. Available in English and Spanish.

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WEI Fact Sheets

WEI presents an overview of frequent violations of 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. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Easy Read formats.

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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 over 600 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 May 1, 2018

Women Enabled at CSW62 March 2018

Khawla Wakkaf, Juan Jaime Pardo, Si Kailian, Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips, Anastasia Holoboff, Amanda McRae, and Luci Prosapio of Women Enabled, International.

WEI participated in the 62nd Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls, " which was held at the UN Headquarters in New York City, 12–23 March 2018. Pictured above (l-r) are Khawla Wakkaf, Juan Jaime Pardo, Si Kailian, Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips, Anastasia Holoboff, Amanda McRae, and Luci Prosapio.

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News and Recent Publications


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Jan 17, 2019 Making CSW Events Accessible to and Inclusive of Persons with DisabilitiesThis document provides practical tips to organizations that will be holding events during the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), being held from March 11-22, 2019, on how to ensure that those events are accessible to and inclusive of persons with disabilities. WEI staff also presented on this topic and distributed this document at the January NGO CSW Meeting.

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Jan 15, 2019 Submission on Women, Girls, and Non-binary Persons with Disabilities in the United States of America for the Human Rights Committee's List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) This preliminary submission provides a brief overview of some of the civil and political rights violations facing women, girls, and nonbinary persons with disabilities in the U.S. and provides suggestions for questions that the Human Rights Committee could include in its LOIPR.

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Nov 15, 2018 Women with Disabilities Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences: Call for femicide-related data and information. This submission, drafted by WEI with the assistance of groups in Poland, Nigeria, Argentina, the Caribbean, and Mexico, highlights the lack of data on femicide of women and girls with disabilities and the particular risk factors this group faces regarding killings related to their gender and disability.

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Oct 12, 2018 Follow-up Submission to the U.N. Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice on Women with Disabilities and Deprivation of Liberty. This submission provides more detail about the situation of women and girls with disabilities deprived of liberty—including in prisons and health care settings, isolation in the home, and institutionalization—while noting that gender-based violence is both a cause and a consequence of deprivation of liberty.

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