Socio-economic barriers faced by women with disabilities in Zimbabwe

Authored by: Tafadzwa Rugoho , France Maphosa

The Routledge Handbook of Disability in Southern Africa

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138242333
eBook ISBN: 9781315278650
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This theoretical chapter discusses the factors that have caused women with disabilities to remain at the periphery of society in Zimbabwe. It highlights institutionalised discrimination and the weakness of the disability movement as the major factors responsible for the marginalisation of women with disabilities. It interrogates legal instruments on gender and disability and how their implementation (or non-implementation) has contributed to the perpetuation of the marginalisation of women with disabilities. The chapter ends by proffering some recommendations on how women with disabilities achieve self-representation in development processes.

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