The impact of COVID-19 on girls and young women with disabilities
“Leave no one behind” is the catchcry of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an objective that is more important than ever as the world grapples with the worst global pandemic it has seen in more than 100 years.
Now, more than ever, we need a clear picture of the impact of COVID-19 on girls and young women all over the world. However, specific data on girls and young women with disabilities in all their diversities is woefully inadequate. It is rare to find data that is disaggregated by age, gender and disability let alone ethnicity, sexual orientation or other marginalising factors. To understand the full picture of the lives of girls and young women with disabilities and improve outcomes for them in all aspects of their lives, robust data collection is essential. Donors, humanitarian actors and governments can improve the visibility of girls and young women with disabilities by ensuring that data is disaggregated by age, gender, disability and other intersecting factors in collection and reporting across all SDGs.