People with disabilities belong to a community rich with a broad spectrum of experiences and identities. Disabilities – like the people who live with them – are unique and nuanced.
Women with disabilities are doubly marginalised due to their disability and gender and are more likely to be excluded from decision-making spaces, 2-4 times more likely to experience intimate partner and family violence than those without disability and face significant barriers to accessing justice.
These challenges can be compounded if your gender identity doesn’t conform to the socially accepted norms in your communities.
For people with disabilities who are gender diverse or have a sexual orientation other than cis gender, intersectionality can create further barriers to inclusion and put them at greater risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation.