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04.12.2020
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Gender Social Determinants of Health (SDH)

Roundtable on Women with Disabilities in Mozambique

The experiences of women and girls with disabilities in Mozambique, demonstrate that the challenges are still far from being solved. 

medicusmundi and Fórum Mulher, member organizations of the Alliance for Health, participated yesterday in Maputo, in a roundtable on Women with Disabilities in Mozambique. Its aims were to raise social recognition about women and girls with disabilities' rights; to alert society to the challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities; and to broaden the debate on inclusive public policies and the development of local and national statistics on disability.


The event took place at the Natural History Museum and was carried out, under the “Enriching Active Participation of Civil Society for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls” action. This action is part of the support to non-state actors, an initiative financed by the European Union and managed in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MINEC), represented by the National Authorizing Office (GON).


During this event, medicusmundi presented the descriptive research on the functioning of the Multisectoral Integrated Facility Service to Women Victims of Violence, carried out in 2018 and completed in 2019, under the program “Contribute to the defence, guarantee and exercise of a life free from violence against women in Maputo - Phase I”, financed by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).

 

The challenges are still far from being solved.

According to the event's organizers, the experiences of women and girls with disabilities in Mozambique, demonstrate that the challenges are still far from being solved. They face discrimination in access to public health, education and transportation services. In addition, many women and girls have been constantly reporting their limitations on physical accessibility to public services.