Over two million women and girls with disability live in Australia – that’s approximately 20% of all women and girls.
Like everyone else, we all have different lives and experiences. We also have different personal experiences of disability. As a group, however, women and girls with disability experience unfair treatment in many areas of our lives. We are treated unfairly because of our disability, because we are women, and, because society is structured for able-bodied people.
WWDA has developed this toolkit to explore some of these key issues facing women and girls with disability and provide practical resources for leading change.
HOW DO WOMEN WITH DISABILITY EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE?
Common forms of violence that women and girls with disability experience can include:
- Forced sterilisation – An invasive medical
- procedure that removes the capacity of a
- woman to fall pregnant and have a regular menstrual cycle (period) Forced abortion – Forcing a woman to
- terminate a pregnancy
- Forced contraception – Forcing a woman to take contraceptive medication that prevents her from falling pregnant and suppresses her menstrual cycle
- Sexual violence, including rape
- Violence perpetrated by partners, family members or carers
- Restraint and seclusion
- Withholding support
- Financial abuse and exploitation