27 February 2017
Women with disabilities are often considered to be sexually inactive and are therefore denied access to information regarding menstrual hygiene, contraception, safe sex, counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS and STDs. This is particularly so for women with intellectual disabilities.
In addition, there is only little research on the experience of young women and girls with intellectual disabilities with sexual and reproductive health issues.
In order to fill this gap, the Community Based Rehabilitation Network Ethiopia and Light for the World launched a small pilot project to study the experience of girls with intellectual disabilities with sex education, as well as to explore how professionals, service providers and parents could best be provided with the skills to reach, teach inform and discuss the issue of sexuality with girls with intellectual disabilities. The results of this pilot are published in Her Body, Her Rights, which is available in both English and Amharic.