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Understanding the Rights of Women with Disabilities in Bangladesh

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posted on 2022-12-01, 00:00 authored by Suraiya Aktar Bably
Women with disabilities in Bangladesh have faced challenges in accessing their rights. This research explores the rights of women with disabilities of Bangladesh, as well as the barriers and facilitators to furthering their rights. The research uses a social model lens to undertake a critical discourse analysis of 28 key national and international documents that explore the rights of women in Bangladesh. Five major discourses were identified from the analysis: (1) social exclusion faced by women with disabilities; (2) current policy implementation; (3) the role of organizations in development of rights; (4) empowerment of women with disabilities; and (5) accessibility. The research points to the need for further on-the-ground programs alongside gender-specific policies and advocacy initiatives to increase access to rights for women with disabilities.



Nishida, Akemi


Nishida, Akemi


Disability and Human Development

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

  • Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Harris, Sarah Parker Gould, Robert Patsavas, Alyson Sufian, Sandy Cuk, Vladimir

Submitted date

December 2022

Thesis type



  • en

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