Violence Against Disabled Women in the Global South: Working Locally, Acting Globally

  • Leanne DowseEmail author
  • Carolyn Frohmader
  • Aminath Didi
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Issues of violence against women are becoming increasingly debated in countries of the global South, particularly as a human rights concern (Spratt 2013). This violence has its roots in gendered social, structural, and cultural marginalization; the feminization of poverty; and the legacies of colonialism seen in armed conflict and post-conflict displacement. These conditions differentially impact on women across multiple fronts including gender-selective abortion and infanticide, rape, domestic violence, honor killing, trafficking, forced prostitution, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and differential impact of HIV/AIDS (Vlachovd and Biason 2005).


Violence Disabled women CEDAW Gendered-disability violence Disability policy Global activism against violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Women With Disabilities AustraliaLenah ValleyAustralia

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