• There are one billion people with disabilities in the world, many of whom struggle for even their basic rights and remain invisible, abused and neglected in their communities. Many people with disabilities – physical, sensory, intellectual or psychosocial - live in poverty, lack access to health care or education, suffer physical or sexual violence, or languish in horrific institutions for years. We are working to change that. By documenting abuses against people with disabilities around the world, in close partnership with disabled peoples’ organizations and other NGOs, our research and advocacy has begun to raise awareness, strengthen monitoring and push for change. Download the complete brochure

  • A resident sits on the floor in the women’s ward of Thane Mental Hospital, a 1,857-bed facility in the suburbs of Mumbai.
    (New York) – All governments should ensure that women and girls with disabilities are included in gender-based violence prevention and response programs, Human Rights Watch said today. Ahead of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015, Human Rights Watch has published a resource on gender-based violence designed for people with disabilities.


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