Women with Disabilities and the Justice System: Rights Without Remedies

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One example of how society has come to view gender and disability is demonstrated by the iconographic historical symbol of justice, the blindfolded Lady Justice. In a creative book, “Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms”, Yale law professors Resnik and Curtis trace the philosophical uses of the symbol, “Blindness as a deficit presumes that sight is requisite to understanding, whereas blindness as an asset presumes that sight can corrupt judgment.”  This iconic image highlights the ongoing debates about the role of women with disabilities in the justice system.  Historically and to today, many legal systems restrict the legal capacity of women who are blind, as well as women with other disabilities, solely because of their disability.  This contrasts with that blind (or blinded) icon of justice, Lady Justice, seen as a symbol of rationality and even handedness.


Please read & share on twitter, facebook and other social media –Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women enabled – new post on the World Justice Project’s blog concerning women with disabilities & the justice system: http://worldjusticeproject.org/blog/women-disabilities-and-justice-system-rights-without-remedies


Japan Times: Disabled women speak out on discrimination

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Disabled women speak out on discrimination

by Tomoko Otake

Staff Writer

Being a woman in Japan often comes with a variety of challenges, but when you are a woman with disabilities here, the scale of hardships you must endure can be overwhelming.

A recent survey conducted by an all-women sub-group of the Japan chapter of the 30-year-old international non-governmental organization Disabilities Peoples’ International (DPI-Japan) highlights the horrendous realities surrounding women with disabilities, including sexual and verbal abuse in their homes and at workplaces, hospitals and other care facilities.

An interesting new study Differences in HIV knowledge and sexual practices of learners with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled learners in Nigeria

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Introduction: Individuals with intellectual disabilities are rarely targeted by the current human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) response, thereby reducing their access to HIV information and services. Currently, little is known about the HIV knowledge and sexual practices of young Nigerians with intellectual disabilities. Thus, this study sought to compare the HIV knowledge and sexual practices of learners with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities and non-disabled learners (NDL) in Nigeria. Findings could help in the development of HIV interventions that are accessible to Nigerian learners with intellectual impairments.

Methods: This cross-sectional, comparative study utilized a survey to investigate HIV knowledge and sexual practices among learners with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities and NDL in Nigeria. Learners with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities (n=300) and NDL (n=300) within the age range of 12 to 19 years drawn from schools across Oyo State, Nigeria, completed a structured questionnaire to assess their knowledge of HIV transmission and sexual practices.

Via http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/17331
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