UNiTE March Orange Day Include Women and Girls With Disabilities in Anti-Violence Efforts

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Women and girls with disabilities are at a greater risk of violence and abuse while facing difficulties accessing preventive and protection services than those without. Studies estimate that these women are 1.5 to 10 times more likely to be abused, either physically or sexually, by a family member or caregiver. They may even be up to 4.2 times more likely to have their activities and whereabouts restricted by their intimate partners, and their risk of sexual abuse is at least two times greater than for other women.  Other risk factors include social exclusion, limited mobility, lack of support structures and communication barriers.
This month, #OrangeDay highlights the issue of Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities!
Take action this Orange Day!
  • Wear orange on 25 March to show your support for fighting violence against women and girls with disabilities. Share your orange photos @SayNo_UNiTE
  • Host a discussion to explore the issue of violence against women and girls with disabilities. Invite civil society organizations working with disabilities, and individuals with disabilities to participate.
  • Inform yourself! UNDESA’s Toolkit on Disability provides practical tools on various disability-related issues to all those with an interest in the inclusion of persons, and especially women and girls, with disabilities in society and development.
  • Gender-based Violence Practitioners! Check out the Women's Refugee Commission’s “I See That It Is Possibletoolkit to learn about how to build disability inclusion into your work.
  • Raise awareness about the issue and spread the word by sharing our social media messages with your networks.
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