Background Paper Abstract:
According to the World Report on Disability and Health, “More than a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, or about 15% of the world’s population (based on 2010 global population estimates).” In the region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization has estimated that 1 in 10 persons have some form of disability. Data illuminates that women with disabilities constitute a significant proportion of overall persons with disabilities. Globally, women or girls, who have some form of physical disability, mental disability, or some combination of disabilities thereof, equal in the range of three hundred million individuals. Women constitute three-fourths of people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. Data show that women with disabilities are likely to be unemployed or underemployed, are likely to be poor, and are likely to be excluded from equal access to an array of services, supports, and systems provided by civil society . . .