Welcome to the Rewriting the Narrative Blog!

Women Enabled International is committed to uplifting the experiences and intersectional existence of women and girls with disabilities. Too often, women and girls with disabilities are left out of mainstream conversations around gender while simultaneously suffering similar underrepresentation in discussions on disability. This blog, launched in November 2019, is a challenge to those narrow definitions that position the women’s and disability rights movements as separate, or exclusive to one another. Women with disabilities are women, too. Here’s to Rewriting the Narrative.


Recent posts

A Word of Welcome

by Stephanie Ortoleva Welcome to the Women Enabled International Blog – Rewriting the Narrative with WEI! This is a new space we are launching to showcase the voices, opinions, and stories of women with disabilities and allies championing the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide. We hope that…

Women with Disabilities Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women: Mistreatment and Violence in Reproductive Health Care, including Facility-Based Childbirth

May 17, 2019 – This submission, intended to inform the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report to the U.N. General Assembly, outlines the causes, forms, and consequences of violence and mistreatment against women and girls with disabilities in reproductive health care settings, including childbirth settings. Drawing on examples from several countries, the submission…

WEI Submission on Older Women with Disabilities to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

April 15, 2019 – This submission, which was endorsed by Ferdous Ara Begum (Gender and Ageing Issues Specialist and former UN CEDAW Committee member) and Lois Herman (Managing Director, Women’s UN Report Network), focuses on human rights issues faced by older women with disabilities, including gender-based violence, institutionalization, gaps in…

WEI and Disability Rights International Submission to the CEDAW Committee for its half-day of general discussion on trafficking in the context of migration 

February 14, 2019 – This submission to the CEDAW Committee was authored to inform its half-day of general discussion on February 22, 2019, to prepare for the elaboration by the CEDAW Committee of a General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration focuses on…