The UN in Zimbabwe is engaged in a collaborative effort to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Under the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the joint team seeks to amplify the voices of women and girls with disabilities, address negative cultural norms and advocate for improved response and prevention to Gender-Based Violence.
An official introduction of the initiative will take place on 8 June 2018. Government officials, Disabled Persons Organizations, key donors, dignitaries from the international community, the United Nations, and a plethora of media outlets will attend.
The Government of Zimbabwe has undertaken major efforts to establish a legal and institutional framework for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. However, its implementation has realized limited success. As a result, persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe face challenges accessing healthcare, education, and justice with disabled women and girls bearing the brunt of the discrimination due to their marginalized gender.
It is within this context that UNESCO, UNDP, and UNFPA in collaboration with UNICEF, UN WOMEN, and the Resident Coordinator’s Office aim to support women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe by i) amplifying their voices based on evidence supported needs, aspirations, and priorities; ii) addressing negative cultural norms; iii) advocating for improved response and prevention to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and access to sexual reproductive health (SRH), and iv) engendering a human rights based approach to SRH service delivery and access to justice.