DINAH RADKE, DPI VICE CHAIR FOR WOMEN RIGHTS
Women and girls with disabilities face multiple barriers in most areas of life and these barriers create situations of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls with disability. One of these many areas is equal access to economic opportunities especially in the countries of the South. Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty.
Above all women with disabilities in the so called developing countries have almost no chance to have a job training and an employment with an adequate income. The employment rate of women with disabilities worldwide is below 20 percent, it is 30 percent for women without disabilities. But 53 percent of men with disabilities have a paid employment.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Disabled Peoples International is lobbying and fighting for a change in politics , for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights for People with Disabilities, for our Human Rights. We need among other things empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, job training and possibilities for employment to earn their own living!
In 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The slogan of the new sustainable development agenda is „leave no one behind“. Sustainable Development Goal number 8 is dedicated to „decent work and economic growth“.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments and civil society, each and every one of us!
Providing women and girls with disabilities with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will benefit societies and humanity at large.