Disability

Disability

More than 15% of the world’s population are affected by disability, including physical and sensory impairments, developmental and intellectual disability and psychosocial disability. While it goes without saying that people with disability have equal rights to sexual and reproductive desires and hopes as non-disabled people, society has disregarded their sexuality and reproductive concerns, aspirations and human rights. People with disabilities are infantilised and held to be asexual (or in some cases, hypersexual), incapable of reproduction and unfit sexual/marriage partners or parents. The sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people with disabilities continue to be contested, and there are particular concerns in relation to women with disabilities. For women, disability often means exclusion from a life of femininity, partnership, active sexuality and denial of opportunities for motherhood.

To truly empower all disabled people it is vital to act to end the remaining silences. And journals such as SRHM have a crucial role to play in this.

Knowledge

SRHM papers:

SRHM journal issue: Disability and sexuality: claiming sexual and reproductive rights – 25(50):2017


Alimata Thelma Flora Abdul Karimu. Disabled persons in Ghanaian health strategies: reflections on the 2016 adolescent reproductive health policy – 26(54):2018
Badu E, Gyamfi N, Opoku M et al. Enablers and barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health services among visually impaired women in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana – 26(54): 2018
Addlakha R, Price J, Heidari S. Disability and sexuality: claiming sexual and reproductive rights –  25(50):2017
Peta P. Disability is not asexuality: the childbearing experiences and aspirations of women with disability in Zimbabwe  –  25(50):2017
Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah, Patricia Anafi & Paul Yaw Addai Yeaboah. Exploring misinformation of family planning practices and methods among deaf people in Ghana  –  25(50):2017
Gartrell A, Baesel K, Becker B. “We do not dare to love”: women with disabilities’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in rural Cambodia  –  25(50):2017
Burke E, Kébé F, Flink I, et al. A qualitative study to explore the barriers and enablers for young people with disabilities to access sexual and reproductive health services in Senegal   –  25(50):2017
Devine A, Ignacio R, Prenter K, et al. “Freedom to go where I want”: improving access to sexual and reproductive health for women with disabilities in the Philippines –  25(50):2017
Nampewo Z. Young women with disabilities and access to HIV/AIDS interventions in Uganda  –  25(50):2017
Hunt X, Carew MT, Hellum Braathen S, et al. The sexual and reproductive rights and benefit derived from sexual and reproductive health services of people with physical disabilities in South Africa: beliefs of non-disabled people  –  25(50):2017
Owojuyigbe M, Bolorunduro M-E & Busari D. Female genital mutilation as sexual disability: perceptions of women and their spouses in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria  –  25(50):2017
Jaramillo Ruiz F. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its take on sexuality –  25(50):2017
Rothler R. Disability rights, reproductive technology, and parenthood: unrealised opportunities  –  25(50):2017
Alexander N, Taylor Gomez M. Pleasure, sex, prohibition, intellectual disability, and dangerous ideas  –  25(50):2017
Abdul Karimu A. Exploring the sexual and reproductive health issues of visually impaired women in Ghana  –  25(50):2017
Shapiro L. The disabled sexual surrogate  –  25(50):2017
Goyal N. Denial of sexual rights: insights from lives of women with visual impairment in India  –  25(50):2017
Breckenridge J. Poems of desire and (dis)ability  –  25(50):2017
Sins Invalid Skin, Tooth, and Bone – The Basis of Movement is Our People: A Disability Justice Primer  –  25(50):2017

More literature coming soon

Influence

Blog: IMAGERY, VISIBILITY AND DISABILITY

Capacity building

SRHM provides mentoring to researchers, advocates, policy makers, service providers and other SRHR professionals, especially those from the global South, to bring their analysis and writing to peer-reviewed publication standard in service of improving dissemination of quality research and analysis on SRHR, with a strong focus on rights perspectives and with particular attention to the needs and rights of most marginalized people. SRHM encourages researchers to continue submitting articles on SRHR and disability.

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