International Women's Day 2014
7 March 2014
Saturday 8 March is International Women's Day. To mark the day, we've launched a new film about our inclusive education work in Asia and Africa.
A third of children who are out of school worldwide have a disability and the majority of these are girls like Lucy and Elizabeth:
The theme for this year's International Women's Day is Inspiring Change. This week, we've profiled three inspiring women connected to Leonard Cheshire Disability:
- Josephine Namiriru, a Young Voices campaigner from Uganda
- Denise Tabernacle, one of the first nurses to work at our charity, who set up many services for disabled people in Africa
- Kazi Mahamuda Parvin, an assistant teacher at a primary school in Bangladesh
Ending violence against disabled women
We're one of a group of charities calling for urgent action to stop violence against disabled women.
Disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic and sexual violence as non-disabled women. Disabled women also face greater obstacles when reporting violence and gaining support and justice.
Together with the other charities in the Bond disability and development group, we want to put this hidden problem at the top of the international development agenda and create a better life and future for disabled women across the world.
Writing for the Huffington Post, our chief executive, Clare Pelham, draws attention to the issue of violence against disabled women:
Startling evidence shows that violence still dominates the lives of many disabled women. It is an issue on our own doorstep in the UK, where disabled women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, and it is an issue around the world.
Meanwhile, on the New Internationalist blog, our international director, Tiziana Oliva, highlights disabled women's experience of violence and asks why women with disabilities are still facing a double oppression:
International Women’s Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate progress made towards equality for women since the day was first officially observed in 1975 by the UN during International Women’s Year. But it is also a reminder of how far we still are from this goal. For women with disabilities in particular, who face double discrimination due to their disability and their gender, equality is a distant dream.