Engender is currently hosting a survey aimed at all disabled women to find out how they have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This survey builds in part on work previously done by Engender in their November 2018 report, “Our Bodies Our Rights” (this link will take you away from our website). They found that failure to act on disabled women’s reproductive rights and health has severe consequences, putting them at greater risk of men’s violence, denying them opportunities to make decisions about pregnancy and contraception, and putting their health at risk.
People First Scotland and Engender are now looking to find out what effect lockdown and other public health measures taken during the pandemic have had on disabled women. They particularly want to hear stories of how services have adapted and how that affected access to support systems, including friends, family, social care, parenting support, schools and/or health services.
Based on the information received, as well as previous research, they will then be able to highlight where changes have created new barriers to women’s health, rights and equality, or where there are lessons to be learned.
You can take the survey via SurveyMonkey (this link will take you away from our website) and read more about this work on Engender’s website (this link will take you away from our website).