Celebrating women with disabilities
On 8th March each year, Handicap International celebrates International Women’s Day. The day is an opportunity for us to recognise the exceptional achievements of ordinary women around the world.
Through Handicap International's livelihoods program in Senegal, Faw Seuth Ndiaye was connected with the fruit processing firm, Zena, where she now works. | © E. Fitte-Duval / Handicap International
Today, 8th March, marks an important day for women around the world: International Women’s Day. At Handicap International, we celebrate all of the courageous women we work algonside, and especially those with disabilities. We recognise the exceptional achievements of working women with disabilities, acknowledging the additional challenges that they overcome and the significant contributions they make in their communities.
Access to paid work
Women (and men) with disabilities do not have the same opportunities for waged employment as people without disabilities. When people with disabilities find work, they are often paid less than their counterparts without disabilities. Research conducted by Handicap International in 10 countries shows that, “Women with disabilities face an additional layer of discrimination because of their gender, and correspondingly have even fewer opportunities to engage in work. As a result, women with disabilities are more likely to be poor, excluded, and unemployed than men with disabilities.”
Bridging the gap
Handicap International is working to redress these injustices. Our rehabilitation services help women who are injured in natural disaster or conflict, regain independence and strength needed to carry out a job. Our specialised inclusive employment projects work closely with local employers to confront real and perceived barriers to employment, giving more women with disabilities the opportunity for fair, waged employment. We also provide personalized training to help women with disabilities gain the skills and confidence needed to reach their full potential.
A few women who inspire us
Two women in Iraq teach children about the risk of landmines and other explosive devices through Handicap International's mine risk education project.
A medical examiner assessing students at a primary school in Senegal.
Bijou Yakusu works as one of our deminers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Phet Latsabout, a cluster munition victim in Laos, prepares food.
A woman in Senegal makes paper bags with the Economic Group of Disabled Women of Ouakma.
Thong Mai, a landmine victim in Laos, waters her garden.