Global Resources

“As if we weren’t human”: discrimination and violence against women with disabilities in Northern Uganda

Publisher: Human Rights Watch
Publication Date: Jan 2010

This report describes abuse and discrimination against women and girls with disabilities in the post-conflict northern region of Uganda. Human Rights Watch conducted the research, interviewing people about issues such as access to basic provisions like shelter in camps for displaced persons or in their own communities. The report also documents the efforts of humanitarian aid actors and government (local and national) to include women with disabilities. After 20 years of war and displacement, Ugandan women with disabilities are often excluded from community organising and other forms of participation, although the government has ratified treaties such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The report gives detailed recommendations to various humanitarian and development actors, government departments and bureaus, among others. The findings are broken into the following categories:

- Stigma and discrimination (community attitudes, lack of access to government services and programs etc)
- Abuses against women and girls with disabilities (physical and sexual violence, as well as lack of property rights, child support and inability to seek justice for crimes)
- Access to health denied (general health as well as sexual and reproductive, with a particular look at HIV/AIDS and disability)