Empowerment and Well-Being of Disabled Women

  • Vibha Yadava, Research Scholar Department of Psychology, F.S.S., B.H.U., Varanasi
  • Purnima Awasthi, Associate Professor F.S.S., B.H.U., Varanasi
Keywords: Disability, Empowerment, Skill, Training, Well-being


The present paper attempts to highlight the concept of disability and empowerment especially among
women population. The concept is difficult to define but has been defined variously, indicating the type of
disability and its prevalence rate among women. Since, they are most vulnerable therefore; the factors
contributing to their problems have been mentioned. The disabled are deprived of all opportunities and
basic facilities like health, education, and employment are denied to them thus, problems and difficulties
faced in attaining access to adequate housing, education, health, vocational training, and employment have
been emphasized. Also, in the light of the same, the need to take into account and to address the concerns of
women and girls with disabilities in order to make them empowered and integrate them into the mainstream
are addressed. Programs especially for the disabled women to get empowered socially, economically at
various levels by public and privates institutions have been focused. The measures taken by international
agencies like the International Labor Organization (ILO), United National Development Program (UNDP)
and Central Government Plans, Skill and Training Development Projects so that women with disabilities
can improve their daily living skills. The skill training creates opportunities in various sectors be it in
education and training, employment and livelihood. But the disabled are poorest, there are issues like low
access, low availability, overlapping and many others that needs to resolved in order to make disabled
women empowered more effectively.