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1. Citation: Tefera, B., van Engen, M. L., Schippers, A., Eide, A. H., Kersten, A., & van der Klink, J. (2018). Education, work, and motherhood in low and middle income countries: A review of equality challenges and opportunities for women with disabilities. Social Inclusion, 6(1), 82-93.
Keywords: Attitudes towards disabilities, culture, disabilities, education, employment, family life, females, international rehabilitation, literature reviews, low income, marriage, parenting with a disability, policy, pregnancy, sexuality
Abstract: This systematic review examined the equality challenges and opportunities for women with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to participate and succeed in education, employment, and motherhood. The search of Web of Science, PsychINFO, Google Scholar, and MEDLINE databases yielded 24 articles, which were subsequently passed through open, axial, and selective coding. The resulting review found that women with disabilities in LMICs have severe difficulty participating and succeeding in education, employment, and motherhood. This was due to a number of interrelated factors: (1) hampered access to education, employment, intimacy and marriage, (2) stigma and cultural practices resulting in discrimination and prejudice, and (3) lack of support from family, teachers and institutions—all of which are exacerbated by poverty. Support from families, communities, the government, and nongovernmental organizations improves women’s ability to fulfil their social roles (as students, employees and mothers), resulting in a better quality of life. Strategies that create awareness, minimize poverty and facilitate justice may improve the opportunities for women with disabilities in LMICs to participate in education, employment, and motherhood, as well as their ability to succeed in these domains.
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