Our Work: Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice

  • WEI Submission to the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice: Health and Safety of Women with Disabilities. September 2015

    In this submission, WEI provides information on how laws and practices in the United States discriminate against women with disabilities with regard to the right to health and to safety. According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau analysis, approximately 18.7 percent, or 56.7 million people, had a disability in 2010 in the civilian population, not including individuals in institutions or nursing homes. 17.4 % of men and 19.8 % of women had a disability. This submission addresses the key issues highlighted in the Working Group's call for submissions: sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence in the public sphere, and access to justice to secure the rights to health and safety. We addresses a number of the issues and questions posed in the Working Group's questionnaire, but have submitted our information in a format more conducive to addressing the specific and unique forms of discrimination that women with disabilities face in these areas. We also include an annex that provides greater detail on U.S. judicial decisions concerning forced and non-consensual sterilization of women with disabilities.

WEI Submission Discrimination Working Group Health and Safety of Women with Disabilities FINAL.pdf

WEI Submission Discrimination Working Group Health and Safety of Women with Disabilities FINAL.docx


  • WEI Recommendations & Fact Sheet for United States Laws, Policies, and International Human Rights Obligations Impacting Health & Safety of Women with Disabilities. September 2015

    According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau analysis, approximately 19.8% of all women and girls in the U.S. have a disability. Severe gaps in addressing health and safety concerns of women and girls with disabilities impacts almost one-fifth of all of the women and girls in the U.S. Recommendations detailed in this publication include: Ratify without delay CEDAW, CRPD, ICESCR and other human rights policies; address lack of access to reproductive health services for women with disabilities; reduce violence against women with disabilities; and improve access to justice for women with disabilities.

WEI Recommendations & Fact Sheet for WG DWLP U.S. September 2015 Visit Revised FINAL.pdf

WEI Recommendations & Fact Sheet for WG DWLP U.S. September 2015 Visit Revised FINAL.docx


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