oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Women with disability - the most vulnerable among the vulnerable with regard to their right to health : feature 2

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



'Disability' is one of those words whose definition tears apart scholars and policy-makers. Even people regarded as 'disabled' disagree with the definitions of the word, arguing that they are the product of disadvantage and restrictions imposed by society to exclude them from mainstream activities (UPIAS, 1976: 14). Sadly, that is true, since the definition of the word 'disability' always has a negative connotation. 'Disabled' is also seen as a derogatory word; hence the use of 'persons with disabilities' in most discourses. According to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a person with disability is one who has a long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment which may hinder her/his full, effective and equal participation in social activities (article 1).

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