Our Work: Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice

  • August 30, 2019 Submission to the Working Group on the issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice: The Rights of Women with Disabilities in the World of Work. This submission, intended to inform the Working Group on the issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice's forthcoming report on Women's Human Rights in the Changing World of Work, addresses the barriers faced by women with disabilities to realizing their right to work.  Although the Working Group’s report focuses on contemporary trends influencing women’s human rights in the world of work, this submission seeks to underscore, more broadly, that women with disabilities face overwhelming and discriminatory exclusion from the world of work.  The submission first outlines some of the key rights violations faced by women with disabilities in the world of work, with particular emphasis on how the pervasive lack of data collection and research on the lived experiences of women with disabilities in the world of work obscures and perpetuates these violations. It then offers a brief summary of relevant human rights standards and concludes with recommendations that we hope will inform the Working Group’s forthcoming report.

    WEI Submission Women with Disabilities and the World of Work August 30, 2019.pdf

    WEI Submission Women with Disabilities and the World of Work August 30, 2019.docx

  • April 30, 2018 WEI, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI),  and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) 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). Drawing on particular case examples and analysis of current laws, the letter highlights that, because of their gender and disability, women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria face multiple layers of discrimination and stereotypes about their capabilities. As a result, they are denied access to sexual and reproductive health services, subjected to practices like forced sterilization, forced contraception, or forced abortion, and are more likely to experience gender-based violence. Women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria's conflict zones are also frequently left behind when violence comes to their communities, increasing their risk of experiencing gender-based violence, with little access to justice or services. The shadow letter concludes with several recommendations for questions the Human Rights Committee should include in its list of issues to Nigeria, which the Committee will develop in July 2018.

    WEI AWWDI LEDAP letter to HRC Nigeria List of Issues Submission FINAL.pdf

    WEI AWWDI LEDAP letter to HRC Nigeria List of Issues Submission FINAL.docx

  • 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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