URIDU Health Family Work

Why do women with disabilities often lack self-esteem?

Women with disabilities are often discriminated. They are rejected as suitable marriage partners or regarded as the ‘wrong’ image in the work place. Girls and women with disabilities are often not able to get an education, even when education is available. For example, even in special schools for children with disabilities, boys usually receive priority.

Women with disabilities are unlikely to receive training for any kind of work. They experience abuse - physically, emotionally, and sexually. Unlike all men and women without disabilities, they are seldom allowed to make decisions at home or in the community.

Women with disabilities often are taught by society not to value themselves. They are generally considered to be incapable of keeping a man and bearing children, and unable to do meaningful work. Therefore they are considered worthless. Even their extended families only want them if they prove valuable to them.