6.7 million persons with disabilities are forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence and human rights violations. They remain one of the most vulnerable and socially excluded groups in any displaced community.Persons with disabilities have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance due to a variety of societal, environmental and communication barriers. This increases their protection risks, including violence, abuse and exploitation. There is growing evidence that rates of violence may be 4-10 times greater among persons with disabilities than their nondisabled peers.
The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) seeks to promote full access and inclusion for persons with disabilities across all humanitarian programs and services, and to ensure that these services recognize and build on the capacities and contributions of persons with disabilities. We work towards this goal by conducting advocacy, research and capacity development initiatives to support disabilityinclusive refugee policy and practice at international and country levels.