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The situation of women with disabilities

EESC opinion: The situation of women with disabilities

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Women with disabilities constitute 16% of the total population of women in Europe, which means in the EU there are approximately 40 million women and girls with disabilities.
Women with disabilities face intersectional discrimination in all areas of life, including, socio-economic disadvantages, social isolation, violence against women, forced sterilisation and abortion, lack of access to community services, low-quality housing, institutionalisation, inadequate health care and denial of the opportunity to contribute and engage actively in society.
The opinion should look into the situation of women with disabilities in the EU and propose some recommendations to improve it. The EP will transmit further indications about the input expected from the EESC together with the referral.
Priority is given to members of the Permanent study group on Disability rights.