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We Decide ENGAGE

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

United Nations Population Fund

The Challenge

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% of them live in low-income countries.2 For too long, policymakers have ignored threats to the SRHR of persons 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. PRB’s expertise in communicating evidence in easy-to-understand and actionable ways supports this effort.

Our Work

Building on We Decide’s current work—the mobilization of knowledge and data and the development of model standards for intervention—PRB has created a compelling multimedia ENGAGE presentation package for global audiences, The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Ending Gender-Based Violence. It highlights 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 was 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 package is available in English, French, and Spanish.


View the package


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

We Decide ENGAGE

The presentation was developed with support from the We Decide Program and the guidance of a global technical advisory group chaired by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Population Reference Bureau, and with researchers, advocates, and representatives from UN agencies, universities, and disabled persons organizations and its supporting materials are tools for professionals involved in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as those engaged in fields of SRHR, GBV prevention and response, disability rights, and gender equality at all levels—in academic, policy, service delivery, and community settings.


1United 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).
2UNFPA, Young Persons With Disabilities.