Children with disabilities

The state of the world's children 2013

Children with disabilities
UNICEF Serbia/2013


Children with disabilities encounter different forms of exclusion and are affected by them to varying degrees, depending on factors such as the type of disability they have, where they live and the culture or class to which they belong.

Gender is also a crucial factor: Girls are less likely than boys to receive care and food and are more likely to be left out of family interactions and activities.

Girls and young women with disabilities are ‘doubly disabled’. They confront not only the prejudice and inequities encountered by many persons with disabilities, but are also constrained by traditional gender roles and barriers.

Girls with disabilities are also less likely to get an education, receive vocational training or find employment than are boys with disabilities or girls without disabilities.

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