Women with and without Disabilities Collaborate on Violence Prevention

A group of women sitting in plastic chairs have a discussion. One of the women is using sign language.
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In a small agricultural county located six hours northwest from the nation’s capital, the majority of women and girls with disabilities are not informed on where to seek help when they are violated. As a result they suffer in silence. Those that know where to get help are hindered by a lack of disability friendly services (i.e. no sign language interpreters, inaccessible infrastructure, negative attitudes by service providers, and high poverty levels). Therefore, the women with disabilities in Vihiga County, Kenya have very low self-esteem and do not speak out when their rights are violated.

As a result of the activities conducted by a non-governmental organization, women with disabilities were able to create linkages among themselves and are now connected with the health facilities, the GBV department, and mainstream women’s organizations.