Gender perspectives on disability and the disability perspective on the situation of women and girls with disabilities. Women with disabilities face significantly more difficulties — in both public and private spheres — in attaining access to adequate housing, health, education, vocational training and employment, and are more likely to be institutionalized see footnote 1. Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is essential to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. Women and girls with disabilities experience double discrimination, which places them at higher risk of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation. The global literacy rate is as low as one per cent for women with disabilities, according to a UNDP study see footnote 3.
DRI found an orphanage in Mexico where all girls were sterilized to hide the fact that they were being sexually abused. Historically, women with disabilities have been prevented from exercising their sexuality and forming family units through marriage. On March 8, , 41 girls were killed in a fire in an orphanage in Guatemala. When the fire broke out, no one came to unlock the door. Over the last year, we have filed a case with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect the survivors of the fire and pressured the Guatemalan government to enforce the right of every child to grow up with a family. All over the world, children are locked up and restrained in orphanages and institutions where the same patterns of abuse and neglect play out day after day.
Updated January 24, A nurse has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a long-term healthcare facility in the US city of Phoenix. Investigators arrested year-old Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse, on suspicion of one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams said.