Disabled Women’s Group Submission to Third National Strategy on DSGBV
Published: Monday, July 05, 2021
The Disabled Women’s Group (DWG) was established in March 2020. The DWG have been working collectively on the inclusion and visibility of disabled women across the National Women’s Council (NWC) strengthening the policy and advocacy work on health, care, violence against women, economic independence, participation and leadership. This submission is based on the thoughts, reflections and contributions of the DWG. The DWG welcome the opportunity to make a submission on the Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. The experiences and voice of disabled women has been notably lacking in both the preceding strategies and in their implementation and monitoring. We see the third strategy as an opportunity to rectify this unacceptable deficiency, to bring disabled women fully and completely into the strategy and Action Plan that will follow. The Third Strategy must include disabled women not simply as an ‘add-on’ but should recognise disabled women as complete rights holders in their own right and to whom the state has obligations they must fulfil.