Supporting Women with Disabilities
According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), unemployment is the highest for women with disabilities. It has been estimated from the United Nations that 75 percent of women with disabilities are unemployed and many earn less than men with disabilities and women without disabilities.
Women without disabilities also face issues at a higher level such as sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation and maltreatment at a higher rate. The USAID website states that “discrimination against persons with disabilities hinders economic development, limits democracy, and erodes society,” as well as suggesting because of these challenges, women with disabilities have the ability to become leaders and make it through the barriers that surround them.
At Community Crossroads, there are several ways women with disabilities are supported and empowered. One of the major aspects of Community Crossroads is supporting and respecting others the same regardless of challenges in life, gender, ethnicity or any other categorization. A way women are empowered is throughout our Policy Partners program. This program creates leaders and shows participants that they can make change on a local, state or national level by talking to policy makers and standing up for what they believe in.