PRB supports the WE DECIDE project in its critical step of communicating new evidence on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and young people living with disabilities and the gender-based violence (GBV) that many of them endure.

Globally, more than 180 million persons ages 10 to 24 live with a disability—mental, intellectual, physical, or sensorial.1 They are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, and about 80 percent of them live in low-income countries.2 For too long, policymakers have ignored threats to the SRHR of persons living with disabilities and the GBV many of them experience. Through the WE DECIDE initiative, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has invested substantial resources in building the evidence base to better understand and prioritize measures to combat this reality.

Building on WE DECIDE’s current work—the mobilization of knowledge and data and the development of model standards for intervention—PRB is creating a compelling multimedia ENGAGE presentation package for global audiences. It will highlight the current global situation—the magnitude of SRHR needs and GBV among women and young people with disabilities; barriers; costs and consequences to individuals, communities, and the nation; best practices for social inclusion policies; opportunities; and recommended actions. The presentation’s content and design is driven by a global Technical Advisory Group comprised of UNFPA regional and headquarters staff, representatives from international nongovernmental organizations for disability rights, academics, and others.

The presentation and materials will be designed to maximize the dissemination and use of data collection efforts and catalyze momentum and action among global, regional, and country stakeholders.



  1. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Young Persons With Disabilities: Global Study on Ending Gender-Based Violence, and Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (New York: UNFPA, 2018).
  2.  UNFPA, Young Persons With Disabilities.