Fact sheet on indigenous women with disabilities

This fact sheet provides an overview of the challenges faced by the estimated 28 million indigenous women with disabilities around the world, highlighting how intersecting personal and situational circumstances compound existing discrimination that they face.

Resulting from a partnership between UN Women, the International Disability Alliance, and the Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities Global Network, the fact sheet offers a deeper understanding of the major challenges faced by this population group. Some of these include difficulties in accessing resources and services and disproportionate levels of discrimination, stereotyping, and social stigma. Due to these challenges, indigenous women with disabilities face high rates of school abandonment, unemployment, poverty, incarceration, illness, and even death.

The fact sheet contextualizes the situation of indigenous women with disabilities within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and relevant international human rights instruments, particularly the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It calls on stakeholders, including States, to pay special attention to improving data collection and analysis by sex, disability, race, and ethnicity. “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” is critical. Further to this, States are encouraged to ensure that national laws, policies, and statistics are gender- and disability-responsive as well as culturally inclusive.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): Indigenous women; Women with disabilities

Resource type: Briefs; Issue papers

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 10

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); International Disability Alliance; Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities Global Network