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disability. Because, as you say, there isn't much awareness, and educating society on what exists is how we encourage society to create change. Disabled women for instance are globally the most vulnerable demographic. Those with intellectual disabilities are often sold off as child brides, they are thrown into institutions and group homes that have no oversights and are not valued as human beings with lives and purpose and contributions. Those who can't speak can't defend themselves and those who can speak are frightened to. They are beaten because they can't retaliate, and raped because they have no recourse. Com par at ively an d in you r opin ion h ow does h avin g disabilit ies m ak e on e m or e vu ln er able t o VAWG?

poor health due both abuse and neglect, causing early death. And failing to enable the disabled is a poor use of human resources at the very least. Israel realized that it has so many disabled that it would be devastating to the economy to not provide them with the care they require to help them function in the community. So it provides all services necessary so that those with disabilities including women and girls can have some measure of success in the workplace, in society, in life. And in so valuing the contributions of the disabled, it also lessens the prevalence and impact of VAWG with disabilities. Talk in g m or e abou t t h e im pact , w h at ar e som e of t he socio-econ om ic r eper cu ssion s of violen ce on vict im s? According to statistics, there are about 14,000 people just like me in my area of

Vulnerability to VAWG isn't just about physical weakness. It is also reflective of cultural acceptance of abuse. There is a societal attitude that those with disabilities are "less than", and are often treated like they deserve no more than animals. And in cultures where animals are tools or pests, that is not a good position to be in. They often become the victims of others mental health concerns, fielding the rage and the disappointments, the frustrations of those around them. Sometimes people abuse others simply because they can. Wh at is t h e im pact of w om en w it h disabilit ies?

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Violence against women and girls keeps women with disabilities from having happy and successful futures. It often negates them the right to education and family and career due to isolationism and fear. Often women and girls with disabilities develop more disabilities and

"Vulnerabilit y to VAWG isn't just about physical weakness. It is also reflect ive of cult ural accept ance of abuse."

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Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

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