Gender, Disability and Human Rights in Africa

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This chapter discusses the various ways in which the enjoyment of rights of women in Africa is negated by the fact that they have a disability. It focuses mostly on women with physical disabilities and highlights particular rights as prescribed by the relevant international human rights instruments, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It further highlights examples of violations occurring in various parts of the African continent. It ends with a discussion of some of the coping strategies that women with disabilities in Africa have adopted to resist the limitations created by the generally disabling African context and the existing mechanisms through which their agency is possible.


Disability Persons with disabilities Sexuality’ Women with disabilities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Rights and Peace Centre, School of LawMakerere UniversityKampalaUganda

Section editors and affiliations

  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBabcock UniversityIlishan RemoNigeria

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