What is Women Enabled International?

WEI works at the intersection of women's rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to—and strengthens international human rights standards on—issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, education, legal capacity, and humanitarian emergencies. Working in collaboration with women with disabilities rights organizations and women's rights organizations worldwide, WEI fosters cooperation across movements to improve understanding and develop cross-cutting advocacy strategies to realize the rights of all women and girls. Our logo is the woman symbol ♀ with the letters 'WE' inside of the circle.

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WEI accountABILITY toolkit

Women Enabled International proudly presents our new accountABILITY toolkit which empowers organizations who work on the behalf of women with disabilities and guides them in making use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms.

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WEI Fact Sheets

English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese,
and Easy Read formats.

An overview of common Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights violations and the right to be free from Gender-Based Violence for women and girls with disabilities, along with examples of what governments must do to realize these rights.

View the WEI Fact Sheets

Women Enabled at CSW62 March 2018

Khawla Wakkaf, Juan Jaime Pardo, Si Kailian, Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips, Anastasia Holoboff, Amanda McRae, and Luci Prosapio of Women Enabled, International.

WEI participated in the 62nd Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls, " which was held at the UN Headquarters in New York City, 12–23 March 2018. Pictured above (l-r) are Khawla Wakkaf, Juan Jaime Pardo, Si Kailian, Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips, Anastasia Holoboff, Amanda McRae, and Luci Prosapio. More information about WEI's participation and side events


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Updated May 1, 2018

Interactive Global Map of Advocates

Find women's and disabilities rights organizations near you!


WEI's Global Map of Advocates is a groundbreaking interactive map depicting organizations around the world that advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Initially released on March 8, 2016, International Women's Day, it has grown to include more than 600 organizations.

WEI's Map of Advocates

News and Recent Publications

icon of a globe and a documentJune 22, 2018 WEI Statement on US Withdrawal from the Human Rights Council 
On June 19, 2018, the current government of the United States chose to withdraw its membership from the UN Human Rights Council, which is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. Women Enabled International is deeply concerned about this decision, as it further illustrates a declining commitment to human rights, including the rights of women and girls with disabilities, by the US government.

Read WEI's full statement here

icon of a globe and a documentJune 21, 2018 WEI and Women's Link Worldwide present to the Colombian Constitutional Court. In May 2018, Women Enabled International and Women’s Link Worldwide presented to the Colombian Constitutional Court an amicus curiae brief in a case discussing legal grounds for abortion, including on the ground of fetal impairment. Read more

WEI y Women’s Link Worldwide presentamos ante la Corte Constitucional de Colombia. En mayo de 2018, WEI y Women’s Link Worldwide presentamos ante la Corte Constitucional de Colombia un amicus curiae en un caso que trata de las causales para acceder a aborto legal, incluso en los casos de malformaciones fetales. apprende más

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WEI Survey Results for Upcoming UN Treaty Body Election Candidates

States that have ratified CEDAW and the CRPD—the two international human rights treaties that most directly address the rights of women and girls with disabilities—will soon elect a new set of experts to monitor these treaties. WEI sent out a questionnaire about women and girls with disabilities to all candidates for the CEDAW and CRPD Committees. Check out the results and learn more about these Committees at the links below:

icon of globe and a documentMay 11, 2018 Disability rights groups call on States to increase disability representation on the CEDAW Committee. A coalition of disability rights groups, including Women Enabled International, have issued a joint statement calling on States to increase disability diversity on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by electing Ana Peláez. Peláez would be the first woman with a disability to serve on the CEDAW Committee, which monitors the women's rights records of States around the world. Read more.

icon of globe and a documentApr 30, 2018 WEI, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative, and Legal Defence and Assistance Project Shadow Letter on Nigeria to the Human Rights Committee for its development of a List of Issues in the Absence of a State Report.
WEI, AWWDI, and LEDAP submitted a shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee for its development of a list of issues on Nigeria, to be used in a future review of Nigeria’s human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The letter highlights that women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria face discrimination and stereotyping, are denied access to sexual and reproductive health services, and subjected to practices like forced sterilization and abortion. They are more likely to experience gender-based violence, especially in Nigeria's conflict zones, where they have little access to justice or services. Read the publication

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