Our Work: Femicide, Witchcraft Accusations and Women with Disabilities

  • January 30, 2017 Women Enabled International Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings on Domestic Violence and Infanticide Regarding Women and Girls with Disabilities.

    On January 30, 2017, WEI responded to a call for submissions by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Killing to support the Special Rapporteur’s efforts to incorporate a gender-sensitive approach to extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary killing into her work. WEI’s submission provides information on the high rates of domestic violence that women and girls with disabilities face, and the lack of access to justice—factors that can elevate the risk of domestic violence escalating and leading to arbitrary killing. The submission also identifies factors that contribute to heightened rates of infanticide of children, and especially girls, with disabilities. The submission urges the Special Rapporteur to consider how different characteristics, such as disability, intersect with gender to expose women and girls to a heightened risk of arbitrary killings. The submission also identifies core state obligations to address the underlying factors that contribute to a heightened risk of women and girls with disabilities to arbitrary killings, including stigma, a lack of support for individuals with disabilities and their families, and issues surrounding access to protective and rehabilitative services and justice mechanisms for victims of gender-based violence with disabilities. The submission also highlights the challenges presented by the lack of disaggregated data on violence, femicide, and infanticide directed at women and girls with disabilities.



  • March 16, 2015  Accusations of Witchcraft & Women & Girls with Disabilities, Women Enabled International president Stephanie Ortoleva statement at CSW59, March 2015. Download PDF | Download Word Doc
  • March 10, 2014 UN Human Rights Council Session 25 - Panel Statement by Stephanie Ortoleva, President of Women Enabled, Inc. Download the statement (PDF)
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  • March 10, 2014 UN Human Rights Council Session 25 - Panel Statement by Maria Santos Pais, Special Representative of Secretary General on Violence Against Children. Download the statement (PDF)
  • March 10, 2014 UN Human Rights Council Session 25 - Panel. The Women's UN Report Network (WUNRN) Powerpoint Presentation on Witchcraft Accusations - Violence and Torture - Women and Children Download the .pps file
  • March 10, 2014 UN Human Rights Council Session 25 - Panel
    Witchcraft Accusations, Violence and Torture, Women and Children
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  • May 23, 2012 Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Gender-Related Killings of Women, May 23, 2012.  Download the statement (PDF)


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