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Socially prescribed roles and expectations can determine whether people will be able to access services, women with disabilities may have less access, or be less likely to access services than their male counterparts.

The world over, women are expected to assume a greater variety of economic and care-giving roles than men.  These women will strive for gender equality and for the recognition and dignity sometimes denied people with disabilities; poverty makes all of this more difficult.[3]


Those who may be marginalized or already have difficulty accessing services are doubly burdened by disability. "UNICEF has reported that women and children receive less than 20 percent of  rehabilitation services"[3]



3. Statement of Recommendations. UN ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) Workshop on Women and Disability: Promoting Full Participation of Women with Disabilities in the Process of Elaboration on an International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities 2003, Bangkok, Thailand Accessed April 12, 2006

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