Lan Yuefeng, a woman with a disability, works as a seamstress in China.
Today, March 8, marks an important day for women around the world: International Women’s Day. At Handicap International, we celebrate all of the courageous women who have worked so hard to achieve their dreams, especially those with disabilities. We recognize the exceptional achievements of working women with disabilities, acknowledging the additional challenges that they overcome and the significant contributions they make in their communities.
Access to paid work
Men and women with disabilities do not have the same opportunities for waged employment as people without disabilities. When people with disabilities find work, they are often paid less than their counterparts without disabilities. According to Handicap International’s 2016 white paper on wage employment, “Women with disabilities face an additional layer of discrimination because of their gender, and correspondingly have even fewer opportunities to engage in work. As a result, women with disabilities are more likely to be poor, excluded, and unemployed than men with disabilities.”
Bridging the gap
Handicap International is working to redress these injustices. Our rehabilitation services help women who are injured in natural disaster or conflict, regain independence and strength needed to carry out a job. Our specialized inclusive employment projects work closely with local employers to confront real and perceived barriers to employment, giving more women with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy fair, waged employment. We also provide personalized training to help women with disabilities gain the skills and confidence needed to reach their own professional goals.
A few women who inspire us
Through Handicap International's livelihoods program in Senegal Faw Seuth Ndiaye was connected with the fruit processing firm, Zena Exotic Fruits, where she now works as a handler.
Two women in Iraq teach children about the risk of landmines and other explosive devices through Handicap International's mine risk education project.
A medical examiner does physicals on the students at a primary school in Senegal.
Bijou Yakusu works as a deminer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Phet Latsabout, a landmine victim in Laos, prepares food.
A woman in Senegal makes paper bags for the Economic Group of Disabled Women of Ouakma.
Thong Mai, a landmine victim in Laos, waters plants.