Is the total number of young women with disabilities graduating from Universities equal to those of young men with disabilities?


In this question, we do not look at percentages but at absolute numbers, since in a society that offers equal opportunities, the number of graduating women and men has to be equal.

In detail


In Poland “The number of young women with disabilities graduating from Universities is higher to young men with disabilities“. Even though this is a promising example only 9 percent of respondents in total gave a green light for this question – leaving 69 percent who answered no. The reasons for this high percentage are not necessarily that more men with disabilities are graduating but that data is not regularly collected. In most countries this kind of data is not collected therefore it was not possible for the experts to answer. (Poland, New Zealand, Yemen, Togo, Austria, Togo, Guatemala, Belize, Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Netherlands, Myanmar).


Heng-hao Chang, Department of Sociology, National Taipei University, Taiwan: ”Data only indicates disabled students in universities, data on gender differences in gradation is not avalible in public”.

(New Zealand, Booth): “In March 2006, an estimated 37,800 disabled adults were enrolled in some kind of formal education or training. This amounted to 7 percent of all disabled adults. More disabled females (an estimated 22,500 or 8 percent) than disabled males (15,300, 6 percent) were enrolled in formal education. An estimated 14,000 or 37 percent of disabled adults enrolled in formal education or training had a mobility disability. An estimated 10,800 or 29 percent had a psychiatric or psychological disability, and an estimated 10,100 or 27 percent had a learning disability.”

CRPD Article

Article 6, 31

Article 6 Women with disabilities

  1. States Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the present Convention. 

Article 31 Statistics and data collection

  1. States Parties undertake to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention. The process of collecting and maintaining this information shall:
    1. Comply with legally established safeguards, including legislation on data protection, to ensure confidentiality and respect for the privacy of persons with disabilities;
    2. Comply with internationally accepted norms to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and ethical principles in the collection and use of statistics.
  2. The information collected in accordance with this article shall be disaggregated, as appropriate, and used to help assess the implementation of States Parties’ obligations under the present Convention and to identify and address the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in exercising their rights.
  3. States Parties shall assume responsibility for the dissemination of these statistics and ensure their accessibility to persons with disabilities and others.