In China, more than 40 million women and girls have disabilities, and 75% of them live in rural areas. Their needs and their rights are often ignored.
On the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2014), Handicap International collaborated with UN Women to organize a photo exhibition in Beijing, China, to publicly acknowledge these women.
Entitled "Inspiring change: lives of women and girls with disabilities", the exhibition illustrated the professional and social worlds of 12 women with disabilities from Yunnan, Guangxi, Tibet and Beijing, as well as depicting the day-to-day discrimination they face.
At the event, Michel Malherbe, Belgium's Ambassador to China, highlighted the importance of the actions carried out by Handicap International to promote the rights of women with disabilities within the country. Around 100 other participants also attended the event, notably the head of the UN Women's program in China, and members of the All-China Women's Federation and the China Federation of People with Disabilities.