The estimated number of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Bangladesh, is around 24 million people, which constitutes 15 % of total population. 15% of Population have a disability. Half of these are female. This is 12 Million girls and women with disabilities (WWDs). These large number of girls and Women with Disabilities (WWDs) in Bangladesh are one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged segment of the society. They are always discriminated based on gender, disabled and all too often, poorest of the poor. They are frequently subjected to discrimination both directly and indirectly and also negative attitudes and stereotyping. Although there are class differences, all WWDs face varying degrees of discrimination considering types and situations. WWDs are exposed to a greater risk of physical and sexual abuse, for the most part of which takes place within the context of their own families. WWDs often stigmatized and neglected from early childhood, many girls with disabilities are grown up in the lacking of a sense of their own self worth and dignity. Most of them are isolated from mainstream society, stigmatized, mistreated and marginalized. WWDs are deprived of basic needs including access to health service, housing, education, transportation, vocational training, employment, income generating opportunities as well as other social and community activities. inspite of having the responsibility of Bangladesh government to include women in the development process, but all mainstreaming policies have been formulated and declared exclusive of women with disabilities.
Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF)
Our Recent Activites
A Dialogue, on “Accessibility Rights of Women with Disabilities in Road, Public transport & Public buildings” is ...Read more
WDDF has organized a Advocacy meeting with the Secretary of road, transport and Bridge ministry on the ...Read more
meeting with RAJUK
WDDF has organized a Advocacy meeting with the Chairman of Rajdhani Unnon Kartripokkho (RAJUK) on the accessibility ...Read more
Meeting with honorable Minister
Meeting with honorable Minister and Secretary of Women and children Affairs and CEDAW platform representation on the ...Read more
WDDF organized a workshop on the draft Road and transport Act 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM ...Read more
We have a saying that, "If you need a good man to do the job, hire a woman!" This has been my experience in my 76 years of life. In Bangladesh, I see women as the backbone of the nation. The disability movement, for many years, was dominated by men who, as in most cultures, enjoyed a favored status over women. Often men would discount or totally overlook the potential and capacity of women in the disability movement, as in other areas of development. Unfortunately and unfairly, women were omitted and even abused, to the shame of some of the male leadership. Today, strong women, such as those who founded, are building and are succeeding within WDDF, are doing the job in a manner that is inclusive of all. WDDF is a model for the nation and other developing nations ensuring that opportunity and activism are available for all! I admire and salute the successes as a result of the strong feminine leadership of WDDF.
WDDF is a self help organization of women with Disabilities. I am very much pleased to visit this organization. I exchange my views with Ashrafun Nahar Misti, Executive Director and Shirin Akhter Chairperson. I think it is challenging job for them. I wish ever success of this organization.
“WDDF’s work shows that women with disabilities are active citizens whose contribution to society should not be underestimated. As an organization by and for women with disabilities, they work tirelessly for the legal and policy changes that contribute to recognize their rights, increase their agency and improve their lives. Mama Cash is a convinced supporter of the work they carry out.”
"WDDF plays a key role in raising the visibility for women living with disabilities through their incredible work to include women in direct campaigning, awareness-raising and advocacy for policy change. WDDF's work strengthens local women's human rights movement by partnering with many key stakeholders to ensure the inclusion of rights for women with disabilities are not neglected."