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MRG and partners in Brazil submit a report on women and girls with disabilities and women caregivers from Black and indigenous communities

16 April 2024

This alternative report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) highlights the issues faced by Brazilian Black and indigenous women and girls with disabilities and family caregivers. It focuses on a lack of disaggregated data and public policies, violence, lack of access to health and care services, gendered familial responsibilities in the absence of support from the state, lack of access to education, lack of access to work and the disproportionate impacts of disasters on this population.

This submission was put together by Minority Rights Group (MRG), Vidas Negras com Deficiência Importam (VNDI), Insituto Kevyn Johnson- Projeto Marias, Coletivo Acessibilindígena and Rede Valentes. It relies on data collected from the co-submitting organizations, testimonies, statistical data and academic studies.

This document will aid the CEDAW committee in its review of the Brazilian government and bring focus to the experiences of minoritized women and girls with disabilities and family caregivers in Brazil. The report and ongoing advocacy of MRG and partners aims to influence the recommendations the Committee makes to the Brazilian government. The report is available in English and Portuguese.