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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WEI's new blog launches!

The Rewriting the Narrative Blog is live! Rewriting the Narrative with WEI is a blog space dedicated to uplifting and centering the stories of women and girls with disabilities and disability justice allies around the globe. Here’s to rewriting the narrative, one story at a time. Click here to explore the blog.

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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.

View WEI Fact Sheets

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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 690 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 November 22, 2019

News and Recent Publications


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October 25, 2019    WEI Comments on USAID Policy on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Women Enabled International submitted comments on the USAID Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) draft policy that seek to center the needs of women and girls with disabilities within the implementation of the policy. The draft’s recognition of disability as a particularly vulnerable group for sexual exploitation and abuse should be maintained and expanded upon in the context of aid workers in conflict zones or regions experiencing humanitarian crises. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women

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October 2, 2019  WEI and The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the United States.

This submission addresses some of the violations women, girls, and nonbinary persons with disabilities in the U.S. face, including barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services; forced reproductive health interventions; high rates of gender-based violence; and violations of their right to parent.  The submission provides targeted questions and recommendations for the U.S.’s UPR in May 2020. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women

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October 1, 2019  WEI and DIWA Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Malawi.

This submission focuses on access to justice, education, sexual and reproductive health services and employment and on violence against women with disabilities in Malawi, who disproportionately face violations of their rights in these contexts.

Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women


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September 16, 2019  Mexicanas Con Discapacidad and WEI Submit Shadow Letter on Mexico to the Human Rights Committee.

This shadow letter focuses on rights violations that disproportionately or uniquely affect women and girls with disabilities in Mexico including discrimination and harmful stereotypes; gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive rights violations, and a lack of access to justice to address these violations. 

Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women



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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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