International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 November 2014
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Worldwide, more than 1 in 3 women and girls experience some form of physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Disabled women are even more vulnerable to violence and abuse. In a survey of 729 disabled women in India, almost half of the women had been slapped, hit kicked or beaten by their husbands; 44% had been kicked during pregnancy.
We have recently launched a project in Andhra Pradhesh, India, that will address the root causes of gender based violence and discrimination against women with disabilities in India. With our project partner, the Asmita Women’s Resource Centres, we are supporting disabled women with counselling, legal aid and rehabilitation and empowering them to become socially and economically independent. We are also raising awareness of the rights of disabled women.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we co-hosted an event earlier today in Mahabubnagar, India with our project partner. The event explored the theme of the project: ‘Redefining Ability: promoting the human rights of women with disabilities’.
Mahesh Chandresekar, Head of Asia Campaigns and Advocacy, gave a keynote address. He spoke about the project and the factors that put disabled women and girls at an increased risk of violence, abuse and discrimination. After today there will be a series of similar community events running up to 10 December, Human Rights Day.