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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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.

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News and Recent Publications

icon of globe and a document October 31, 2017 Women Enabled International'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.

On October 31, 2017, Women Enabled International (WEI) submitted comments to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for a report by the Human Rights Council 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. The submission highlights how gender discrimination and emergency situations can exacerbate barriers to ensuring that the births of children with disabilities are registered. WEI's submission analyzes international human rights standards on birth registration and the right to recognition as a person before the law. 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, including children with disabilities.

icon of globe and a documentOctober 16, 2017 Women Enabled International's Comments to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for a report to the Human Rights Council on the right to health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

On October 16, 2017, Women Enabled International (WEI) submitted comments to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for a report to the Human Rights Council on the right to health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. WEI's submission, which was endorsed by five other non-governmental organizations from around the world, provides information about sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls with disabilities, highlighting violations to their rights to informed consent, accessibility and non-discrimination. Current human rights and medical ethics standards require free and informed consent for reproductive health procedures, but women and girls with disabilities are still subjected to forced and coerced medical treatments. They also experience violations to required accessibility standards of sexual and reproductive health information, goods, and services, as well as discrimination in health care contexts. WEI provides suggested recommendations to implement and monitor Sustainable Development Goals with the right to health for women and girls with disabilities in mind.


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Oct 5, 2017 WEI Submission to the Human Rights Committee on its Draft general comment on the right to life, October 5, 2017. On October 5, 2017, Women Enabled International (WEI) made a submission to the Human Rights Committee on its Draft general comment on the right to life. WEI's submission focuses on personal autonomy and its integral part of ensuring the right to life with dignity, as well as on gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence and how these issues affect the right to life for women and girls with disabilities. In addition to this submission, WEI also endorsed a submission drafted by the Center for Reproductive Rights and allies that focuses on sexual and reproductive health and particularly on abortion. The Human Rights Committee will be holding public discussions on this draft in Geneva in early November 2017, which WEI plans to attend.


icon of globe and a documentOctober 5, 2017  Women Enabled International's Comments to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights for his December 2017 visit to the United States

In October 2017, Women Enabled International submitted comments to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights for his December 2017 visit to the United States. WEI's submission provides evidence about the disproportionate rate of poverty for women with disabilities in the United States and explores some of the causes and consequences of that poverty, including unemployment, lower wages, and less access to social protection income; gender-based violence; and lack of access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health services. The submission concludes with some suggestions about organizations the Special Rapporteur should contact during his visit, as well as questions he should ask the government and recommendations he should make to the US in his country visit report.


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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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