The Gender and Disability Working Group aims to share experience and learning on issues faced by disabled women and girls and to promote the integration of disability into gender work, as well as gender into disability work.


Diana Hiscock, HelpAge International

Rachel Aston, CBM UK

Sherin Alsheikh Ahmed, Islamic Relief Worldwide

Disability and Gender Working Group leaflet (pdf)

About gender and disability

The 'World Report on Disability' (2011) published by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank estimates that 15% (over a billion people) of the world’s population are disabled. The prevalence of disability among women is higher than among men. As women are more likely to become disabled throughout the course of their lives they are also more likely to be sicker, poorer and more isolated than women without disabilities worldwide. Gender and disability combine to form some of the most severe forms of marginalisation and discrimination. However, they are often treated as separate issues. This places disabled women and girls at higher risks of violence, neglect and poverty.


Resources on gender and disability are available from GADN members and others.

📷 Rebecca Terzeon of DFID speaks at a GADN Members Meeting on DFID’s Strategic Vision for Gender Equality (November 2018)