Disability-inclusive Social Protection response to COVID-19 crisis

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Date published
01 Aug 2021
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Disability, COVID-19, Inclusion
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organization (ILO)

In regular circumstances, persons with disabilities, which comprise 15% of the world’s population, are more likely to be poor, to face catastrophic health expenditures, to have lower levels of education and economic participation and to live in households that are more exposed to economic insecurity and shocksii . Those inequalities, heightened for women and girls with disabilities, arise from multiple barriers faced at all ages, such as stigma, inaccessibility to infrastructures, transports and information systems as well as the lack of inclusive public policies and services. Those barriers generate significant disability related extra costs for persons with disabilities and their families iv , increasing their vulnerabilities.