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Connections Between Gender, Sexuality, and Disability

One in five women ages 18 and older are disabled. The United Nations, through their work toward full gender equality, highlights that “disabled women encounter challenges in attaining access to adequate housing, health, education, vocational training and employment, and are more likely to be institutionalized.”

According to USAID, “this inequality is exacerbated for women and girls with disabilities who are members of marginalized ethnic or racial groups or part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.”

For philanthropy’s gender-focused social justice work to be truly inclusive, it’s crucial to recognize that disability significantly compounds gender inequities. To begin, please watch our webinar on the connections between gender, sexuality, and disability. Then, to further your learning, we encourage you to explore the following articles and resources.


Health Equity

Gender-Based and Sexual Violence


Reproductive Rights