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Disabled women's attendance at community women's groups in rural Nepal

MORRISON, J
COLBOURNE, T
BUDHATHOKI, B
SEN, A
ADHIKARI, D
BAMJAN, J
PATHAK, S
BASNET, A
TRANI, J F
COSTELLO, A
MANANDHAR, D
GROCE, N
October 2015

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There is strong evidence that participatory approaches to health and participatory women’s groups hold great potential to improve the health of women and children in resource poor settings. Disabled women’s participation in women’s groups and other community groups in rural Nepal was investigated. A mixed methods approach to describe attendance in groups among disabled and non-disabled women, considering different types and severities of disability was used. No significant differences were found between non-disabled and disabled women in the percentage of women attending at least one of the women’s groups. This was true for women with all severities and types of disability, except physically disabled women who were slightly less likely to have attended. Barriers such as poverty, lack of family support, lack of self-confidence prevented women from attending groups. The findings are of particular significance because disabled people’s participation in broader community groups, not focused on disability, has been little studied.

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