Mrs. Suchada Sakornsatian, participant to the TCI-Asia, Bangkok conference, kindly represented us at the UNESCAP Side Event. Her presentation, find below.
Beijing+20 Side Event on Mainstreaming Women with Disabilities
Monday 17 November 2014, 12.30 – 14.30
UNCC Reception Hall, Ground Floor, Bangkok
Mrs. Suchada Sakornsatian representing TransAsia Alliance for Transforming Communities for Inclusion
Everyone in this room is likely to have had or will have contact with a girl or a woman who has experience of psychosocial issues.
Depressive disorders were ranked as the third leading cause of the global burden of disease in 2004 and will move into first place in just 15 years from now.
I raise 3 issues concerning girls and women with psychosocial disabilities:
One, girls and women are more likely to be deemed ‘mentally ill’, if they do not conform to society’s stereotypes. The trauma of violence in its many forms also causes mental health problems. Once labelled as ‘mentally ill’, girls and women face horrific social and legal barriers to inclusion.
Two, many girls and women with psychosocial disabilities are still kept long-term in mental asylums. Or, they might be locked at home.
Three, the risk of rape and death of girls and women with psychosocial disabilities is very high in institutions, homes and for those wandering on the streets.
I place for your consideration 2 policy priorities:
First, explicit recognition of girls and women with psychosocial disabilities in mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment policies.
Second, strengthening community-based services for girls and women with psychosocial disabilities.
I thank you for using this historic opportunity to include sisters with psychosocial disabilities in your draft outcome document.