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MAJOR CONCERNS OF WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES IN PAKISTAN
What kind of feelings do you have, when one of your body parts cannot move due to no circulation? Yes, you are right. We feel desperate, dependent, and weak.
Today, I aim to talk about the major concerns women having disabilities face. So let’s start.
Disability is a limitation in physical or mental function caused by one or more health conditions. They are the limitations in usual, daily activities due to chronic conditions.
The first major concern of women with disabilities in Pakistan is the difficulty to coop with the role of a nurturer, wife, mothers, homemakers, and partners.
They are more likely to never marry or marry later and become divorced. They walk into abusive relationships because they cannot survive economically on their own.
The second major concern of women with difficulties in Pakistan is their access to Education. The discrimination is two-prolonged as it is special and secondly it is inaccessible.
Mostly, educational institutions lack the basic structure of making it inclusive for all making it a challenge for women with disabilities.
The third major concern of women with disabilities in Pakistan is also witnessed in the employment sector. Brilliant minds going to waste due to the Everlong prevailing biases in the systems.
They are faced with gender biases in the rehabilitation services provided to them. Not to forget the developmental disabilities.
The fourth major concern of women with disabilities in Pakistan is seen on the poverty level. They are the poorest of the poor due to a double bind. One they are women and second they are disabled.
The fifth major concern of women with disabilities is that it is painful for them to position themselves on stands, scale, machines, examination tables, and even wheelchairs that are not inclusive friendly.
The sixth major concern of women with disabilities in Pakistan is communication barriers. For women having audible or visual impairments, essential health information is usually not available.
In a form such a Braille, large prints, audio recording, or even simplified language or an interpreter.
The seventh major concern of women with disabilities in Pakistan is attitudinal barriers.
Disability training for the medical staff and the providers is needed to assess what is best for women with disabilities.
The medical professions in most of the places presume women with disabilities to be asexual and may fail to provide essential preventive care such as Mammograms, pap smear, and the screening for intimate partner violence.
And lastly, there is a dire need for medical research for women with disabilities in Pakistan. Transportation too can be a major barrier in keeping the appointments.
There are policy barriers, lack of information about how the disability affects health along with limited finances, and insufficient personal assistance.
In the end, I would like to say that we don’t lack in resources, just our strategies and policies are not in line with the priorities.
When needed, there is always some piggy bank for withdrawal available.
Changes can be seen on a small scale but the need is to get attention on a mass scale. Communities and some God-fearing organizations are working in this regard.
But they too need an extra hand and like-minded people to help them carry their cause forward.
Think about the change small efforts can bring. Until next time, stay Safe and Healthy.