Girls with disabilities in developing countries are effectively unseen and unheard and are often not benefiting from international efforts to improve access to education in developing countries.
Globally, 263 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 are out of school, 61 million of which are of primary school age (6-11 years)*. More than half of the total figure live in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.
Of the 25 million children who will never start school, 15 million are girls*.
In developing countries, 90% of children with disabilities do not attend school**. UN (United Nations) figures estimate that 62 million young people worldwide lack basic literacy skills. The picture for disabled girls is even bleaker. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) statistics show that while the literacy rate for adults with disabilities is 3%, just 1% of women with disabilities are literate.
This extremely vulnerable group continue to face exclusion from education and risks such as sexual violence – perhaps because they are seen as ‘helpless, asexual, and powerless’.