- less likely to attend school
- more likely to be living in poverty
- less likely to be employed outside the home . People with disability lack access to public buildings and face stigma that often excludes them from community activities.
- Women and girls with disability are recognised to experience double discrimination and violence.
Today on International Day for People with Disabilities, we look closely at the theme “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities” – an important theme that resonates throughout Oxfam’s program work – including emergency response. Every year, millions of people around the world will be forced to abandon their homes as a result of war, crime and political unrest. Another 250 million people will be forced to evacuate because of natural disasters. And if you’re part of the population that has a disability, how will this affect you? What unique challenges might you face in rebuilding your home, regaining a livelihood or accessing vital services? People with disability already face many barriers to enjoying equal access and inclusion in society. So in the face and aftermath of disaster and conflict, people with disability are particularly vulnerable. Oxfam strives to ensure that their unique rights, needs and perspectives are taken into account. Since 2013, Oxfam in Vanuatu has been supporting the formation and development of the Vanuatu Civil Society Disability Network (VCSDN). In Vanuatu, people with disabilities represent 12% of the population. Government data shows that people with disabilities are: