This qualitative study on the aspirations, needs and concerns of women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe seeks to contribute to the growing knowledge on women and girls with disabilities globally, as well as to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on advancing the implementation of the CPRD in Zimbabwe
The specific aims were to:
- Assess the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of women and girls with disabilities
- Identify the aspirations of women and girls with disabilities from marginalized areas
- Describe the needs and concerns of women and girls with disabilities for equitable participation in public life
- Assess how current development interventions are responding to the needs of women and girls with disabilities, specifically SRH and GBV services delivery
- Hear from women and girls with disabilities on practical recommendations for the advancement of disability rights and improving justice, SRH and GBV service delivery that meets their needs
The approach and methodology were designed with a view to gathering first-hand information and verbatim from an estimated 261 women and girls with disabilities, and from other stakeholders interviewed in marginalized areas, namely caregivers, OPDs, NGOs, traditional leaders, community cadres, and government officials. The study design was also guided by a range of participatory approaches that enabled women with diverse disability types to effectively participate in the qualitative study.