The Impact of COVID-19 on Women living with Disabilities in Canada
Author: Bára Hladík, Jihan Abbas, Sonia Alimi
Topic: Poverty issues
Publisher: DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada
Location: Canada
Format: Brief
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: November 12, 2020

DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWNRAFH) Canada is a national, feminist, cross-disability organization whose mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced
by Canadian women with disabilities and Deaf women.

People with disabilities, specifically women with disabilities face unique barriers related to Covid-19. This includes both the increased risk oftransmission and death from COVID-19, as well as the unique ways policies targeting COVID-19 impact this group. Prior to COVID-19 more than 50% of human rights complaints at the Federal, Provincial and Territorial levels in Canada for the last four years have been disability related, which speaks to systemic failures that have been exacerbated under COVID-19. In this brief, DAWN Canada highlights these unique considerations, as well as significant and existing policy gaps facing this group.

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