Overview The integration of women with disabilities in the 2015 development framework and beyond must be reinforced. While all human rights and development norms and standards apply to women and girls with disabilities, they have not enjoyed the full rights on an equal basis with others.
For far too long, women and girls with disabilities have been invisible, both to the advocates of women’s rights and of disability rights, and this has increased their vulnerability. Women and girls with disabilities (W&GWD) are likely to experience the “double discrimination,” which includes the gender based violence, abuse and marginalization. As a result, women with disabilities often must confront additional disadvantages even in comparison to men with disabilities and the women without disabilities.i The outcome document of the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development must ensure that the gender equality is included as a key challenge. At the same time, gender equality should be an integral part of each of the other key challenges, including through the sex and age disaggregated data and statistics.