In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), nearly 85 million persons live with a disability. Women with disabilities face additional barriers to their participation in the economy and society compared to men, with and without disabilities, and relative to nondisabled women, resulting in unequal parental rights, discrimination in their private life and the workplace, reduced employment opportunities, lower earnings, and high exposure to gender-based violence.
Disability continues to be caught in a systemic blind spot in LAC, preventing true change from occurring. As one of the fastest aging regions in the world, the LAC region will only see the number of persons with disabilities grow, challenging the long-term sustainability of the post-pandemic economic recovery. Having an inclusive society that benefits everyone needs to shift from being an ideal into a fully-fledged reality.