Posted by Maria Codina on January 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm
The Guidelines by Women Enabled International and the United Nations Population Fund offer practical and concrete guidance on the provision of inclusive and accessible services related to gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women and young persons with disabilities. With over sixty examples of good practices and input from experts from around the world, the Guidelines bring together in one document resources on how to provide quality GBV and SRHR services to both women and young persons with and without disabilities. While the primary audience is GBV- and SRHR-related service providers, the guidelines are a valuable resource for all stakeholders – including those in government, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations – involved in designing, developing, implementing or advocating for services for people with disabilities. The recommendations are aimed at all settings, including low-, middle- and high-resource settings, as well as humanitarian emergency settings.
They make recommendations such as: “The essential principle that should guide all quality rights-based services for women and young persons with disabilities is: When in doubt, ask the person with the disability. In fact, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires such consultation in the development and implementation of legislation and policies… [as] Women and young persons with disabilities are the experts on their own needs, the barriers they experience, and the accommodations they require for equal access to services.”