Rapid survey of the effects of COVID-19 on women and girls with disabilities

Poster of Survey showing a women in a wheelchair using mobile phone.

The world is currently plagued by an epidemic of COVID 19 (coronavirus). Even our country Nepal has not been able to remain untouched by this epidemic. COVID 19 affects people of all ages, genders, races, physical conditions, and economic backgrounds. However, Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, the chronically ill, pregnant women, and pregnant women are at higher risk than others.

One in five women in the world has a disability, and three-quarters of these women and girls live in low- and middle-income countries such as Nepal. Despite the presence of women and children with disabilities in every society, they face various forms of discrimination/abuse and violence. Social isolation, high risk of violence and sexual abuse, lack of communication and information, lack of access to essential services, lack of education and opportunities, and discriminatory social attitudes towards them are just a few examples.

For women and girls with disabilities, such as exclusions, barriers, and discrimination, are exacerbated in times of crisis. Various media and studies have shown that the risk and complexity of violence against women and adolescents during/outside the home/quarantine during COVID 19 has increased.

In this context, Nepal Disabled Women’s Association is conducting a rapid survey to understand the impact of COVID 19 on women and girls with disabilities.

This research aims to analyze the situation of women and children with disabilities during the Coronavirus epidemic. The survey also seeks to understand the impact of the epidemic and the lockdown on them.

Please participate in this study by filling out the form below.