Journal article

"Freedom to go where I want": improving access to sexual and reproductive health for women with disabilities in the Philippines

Alexandra Devine, Raquel Ignacio, Krystle Prenter, Lauren Temminghoff, Liz Gill-Atkinson, Jerome Zayas, Ma Jesusa Marco, Cathy Vaughan



Women with disabilities experience a range of violations of their sexual and reproductive rights. The Philippines ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and have laws in place to promote the rights to sexual and reproductive health and protection from violence. However, limited resourcing, and opposition to such laws undermine access to these rights for all women. Inadequate disability inclusion within policy and programming, and limited disability awareness of services, further impedes women with disabilities from attaining these rights. The W-DARE project (Women with Disability taking Action on REproductive and sexual health) was a three-year part..

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Funding Acknowledgements

W-DARE is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government through the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme under an award titled Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women with Disability in the Philippines: Building evidence for action. The UNFPA Philippines Country Office also contributed to the funding of W-DARE.