Count me in! research report on violence against disabled, lesbian, and sex-working women in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Based on the first ever multi-country research study on violence against disabled, lesbian and sex-working women, this report from CREA, in partnership with University College London, collates the findings that have emerged and presents recommendations. Three countries were studied: Bangladesh, with contributions by BRAC University; India, with help from Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action; and Nepal, via the Centre for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities. Of the three groups of women interviewed in this study, it is disabled women that are most likely to attract policy attention, with lesbians less likely if they were identified as such. Sex-workers face a particular struggle to gain political or civil legitimacy. Other findings are that the likelihood of interpersonal violence increases alongside social exclusion. Service providers are also interviewed as part of the study, with discussion on barriers to providing services, how to encourage more women to seek help, and their knowledge of and attitudes towards laws on violence against women. This report concludes that societies should view and address social exclusion, stigma, discrimination and violence through a more deeply rooted equality-based approach.