Let Me Decide and Thrive: Global discrimination and exclusion of girls and young women with disabilities

Girls and young women with disabilities have the right to make decisions over their own bodies and live free from violence and fear. Yet, on a global level, they are the people least likely to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Compelled by this reality, Plan International and the Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have joined forces to ensure young women and girls with disabilities can exercise choice and have control over their bodies. The Let Me Decide and Thrive initiative is supported by in-depth, critical field and desk research and aims to empower girls and young women with disabilities, raise awareness of their plight among stakeholders, and work to secure their sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

Let Me Decide and Thrive is an urgent call to action for states, policy and change makers, and service providers of the sexual reproductive health and rights of girls and young women with disabilities. In this current, challenging political climate, the risk of attacks on their SRHR may be greater than ever. 

Published 2019-01-10