WEI Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Against a background of purple virus particles, there are five cartoon drawings of women and non-binary persons wearing safety masks for protection from COVID-19. One sits in a wheelchair, one wears a hearing aid, one wears a hijab, one wears a see-through mask, and two wears glasses. They each have different skin tones and hair color.

Guaranteeing Rights at the Intersection of Gender and Disability in the COVID-19 Response

In August 2020, WEI partnered with UNFPA, UN Women, and seven women-with-disability-led organizations to document and respond to the lived experiences of women, girls, and gender non-conforming persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

More than 300 persons with disabilities and their advocates across the world shared their experiences with us, with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, the right to freedom from violence, and related rights. As a result of this research, we produced the five resources below to guide pandemic response and recovery and seek to set a new standard for future crisis preparation that ensures human rights and inclusion at the intersection of gender and disability.

June 14, 2021
UNPRPD, UNFPA, and WEI

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls with Disabilities: A Global Assessment and Case Studies on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender-Based Violence, and Related Rights


June 14, 2021
UNPRPD, UNFPA, and WEI

Compendium of Good Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women and Girls with Disabilities


June 14, 2021
WEI and UNFPA

COVID-19, Gender, and Disability Checklist: Ensuring Human Rights-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women, Girls, and Gender Non-conforming Persons with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic



June 14, 2021
UN Women and WEI

COVID-19, Gender, and Disability Checklist: Preventing and Addressing Gender-Based Violence against Women, Girls, and Gender Non-conforming Persons with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Women, girls, nonbinary, trans, and gender non-conforming persons with disabilities have been left behind In efforts to respond to COVID-19. WEI seeks to articulate issues impacting rights at the intersection of gender and disability and provide guidance to governments, healthcare providers, and other organizations involved in the response to this global crisis.

Read and endorse the statement on Rights at the Intersection of Gender and Disability during COVID-19

Available in English and Spanish

a graphic depicting women with disabilities isolated in their homes by the virus


REPORT: COVID-19 at the Intersection of Gender and Disability: Findings of a Global Survey This WEI report published in May 2020 pulls together responses to a global survey from 100 women, non-binary, and trans persons with disabilities and seeks to provide the guidance for responding to this crisis in a way that protects rights at the intersection of gender and disability. Includes summary article in English and Spanish. Read more


More WEI publications and news posts in response to the global coronavirus pandemic: