Women with disabilities leading the change in access to justice

Women with disabilities leading the change in access to justice 17 October 2013

Improving the justice system's response to women with disabilities in Yemen, Palestine and Jordan

The situation of women with disabilities (WWDs) in respect of access to justice and protection from abuse is aggravated by the impact of the combined effects of both gender and disability. Due to this intersectionality, WWDs are at greater risk of being abused: Unequal gender relations are compounded by disability-specific factors such as less credibility, less perceived risk of discovery by the perpetrator and functional limitations, e.g. fewer capacities for self-defense or difficulties in reporting which contributes to the invisibility and lack of recognition of the problem, also in policy dialogues, which in turn further increases their vulnerability.

WWD is attempting to improve the justice system's response to women with disabilities in Yemen, Palestine and Jordan, placing priority on laws, legal procedures and the delivery of legal services upon violence against them.