[AI] Inclusions and exclusions in law: experiences of women with disability in rural and war-affected areas in Sri Lanka

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 12:24:22 PDT 2015

Broad and inter-disciplinary inquiry into disability is at a nascent
stage in Sri Lanka. This paper looks at the intersectionality of
disability and gender in the specific contexts of ‘the rural’ and the
armed conflict-affected areas of the country, particularly the
interaction with the law. In-depth interviews and focus group
discussions were conducted among rural women with disabilities in the
North Central and Eastern provinces, including women who acquired
disabilities resulting from the internal conflict. Legal literacy,
administrative discretion in disability-related welfare programmes,
and transitional justice and reconciliation emerged as the most
prominent themes in the interviews. We analyse these issues using a
rights framework in an attempt to highlight some of the
vulnerabilities of women with disability in the rural and war-affected
contexts. The paper also reflects on a few instances where those
vulnerabilities have been overcome through collective action.

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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