As the world observes the International Day for People with Disabilities, it is crucial to shine a spotlight on a pressing issue that often remains in the shadows—violence against women and girls with disabilities. This intersectionality magnifies the vulnerability of an already marginalized group, demanding urgent attention, understanding, and comprehensive actions.

Women and girls with disabilities face a double burden of their gender and their disability which makes them more susceptible to various forms of violence. Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse often go unnoticed or unreported, perpetuating a cycle of silence. These individuals are often faced with cultural stigmas and societal biases leaving them without the support and protection they deserve.

The root cause of this violence is the lack of awareness, and inadequate support services. We as a society need to dismantle these barriers and create an inclusive framework that ensures justice for all.

As society, we need to raise awareness through advocacy campaigns, educational programs, and community outreaches to dispel myths and misconceptions surrounding women and girls with disabilities. By fostering understanding, we can create a culture of empathy and support.

The Government needs to implement inclusive policies that address the unique challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities, ensuring their rights are protected across all facets of life.

There is need for establishment of accessible Support Services like crisis helplines, shelters and support services. This includes trained professionals who can provide assistance tailored to the specific requirements of women and girls with disabilities.

We need to engage in education and empowerment sessions for persons with disabilities. By promoting inclusive education and skill-building programs, we equip women and girls with disabilities to lead independent lives, reducing their vulnerability to violence.

Communities play a crucial role in fostering a protective environment. Inclusive community engagement programs can facilitate dialogue, challenge stereotypes, and create a support network that embraces diversity.

On this International Day for People with Disabilities, let us pledge to be advocates for change. Violence against women and girls with disabilities is a deeply entrenched issue, but with collective efforts, we can break the chains that bind them. By fostering inclusivity, understanding, and implementing comprehensive policies, we can create a world where every woman and girl, regardless of ability, lives free from fear and violence. It’s time to stand united for a future where equality knows no bounds.