“Disability Is Not Weakness”: Discrimination and barriers facing women and girls with disabilities in Afghanistan

After decades of armed conflict, Afghanistan has one of the largest populations per capita of persons with disabilities in the world.  At least one in five Afghan households includes an adult or child with a physical, sensory, intellectual, or psychosocial disability. Afghan women and girls with disabilities face both gender discrimination, stigma and barriers associated with their disability, and has a particularly hard time obtaining access to health care, education, employment, and other basic rights and services. For example, it is estimated that 80 percent of the girls with disabilities in the country are not enrolled in education. 

This report describes the discrimination and barriers faced by girls and women with disabilities in Afghanistan. 

Published 2020-05-28

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