Invisible People: Women and Girls with Disabilities and access to Rights Organizations to in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon.

Imad Sayrafi

In line with advocacy towards a rights-based approach to disability in Palestinian society, this study explores the reality of females with disability (FWD) in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. It focuses on the reality of FWD and their interaction with civil society organizations including those related to disability, women, and human rights. It bases itself upon an implicit understanding that these organizations play an important role in achieving positive change and equality for this constituency.

This study will attempt to explore the extent to which rights organizations recognize FWDs, how FWDs are approached in their work, how FWD assess this approach, and recommendations aiming to improve this relationship in ways beneficial to society overall.

The issue of disability is a cross-sectoral issue whose responsibility falls upon all. Society is called upon to recognize discrimination, inequality, and work towards positive change.

Such a study is important as it puts to test professed attitudes toward disability and views them in practice and reality.

This study will analyze relevant literature by reviewing various concepts of disability in general, and the main concepts related to women and disability in particular, identifying general issues and concerns in this field of disability, and those specific to FWDs. Furthermore fieldwork was carried out to form a deeper understanding of stakeholder opinions and approaches. This included interviews with organizations working on human rights, women rights, and disability, in addition to focus groups with FWD, and a survey targeting FWD.

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2013