Gender and disability

Approximately 300 million of the world's women and girls have an intellectual, mental, sensory or physical disability that leads to double discrimination and exclusion based on their gender and disability.

A little girl sitting on a mat with her mother at work behind herThe World Report on Disability estimated that female prevalence of disability is as great as 60 percent higher than that for males worldwide. Women are more likely to become disabled throughout the course of their lives and are more likely to be sicker, poorer and more isolated than men with disabilities, or women without disabilities.

The challenges that they face include significantly less access to education, healthcare and employment than men with disabilities or women without disabilities. Women and girls with deafblindness - or with any form of disability - are at greater risk of being abused. They are also under-represented in the political and decision-making processes.

Sense International staff are trained to support women and girls with deafblindness, ensuring they are treated equally. We are currently reviewing all our programmes to ensure that gender equality is an integral part of the design, delivery and evaluation of our projects, whilst ensuring this element of our campaign is replicated in the UK also.

First published: Thursday 10 July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017