While equal access to employment has improved over the years, the labour and pay gaps remain a reality in the European Union. Data shows that both women and persons with disabilities, analysed separately, continue to face discrimination in employment, whether it relates to access to employment or equal pay for equal work.
- 29.5% of women with disabilities are at risk of poverty and social exclusion compared to 27.4% of men with disabilities – women with “severe” disabilities are even more impacted with 33.9% of them at risk of poverty and social exclusion, compared to 34.2% of men with “severe” disability.
The status of women and girls with disabilities is thus not only worse than that of women without disabilities, but also worse than that of their male peers. This situation is due to a combination of factors, including stigma and discrimination, as well as unpaid work.
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- EDF recommendations on employment of women with disabilities (PDF document)
- EDF recommendations on employment of women with disabilities (Word document)