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An estimated 1 in 5 women worldwide will experience disability in their lifetime. They are mothers, daughters, leaders, lawyers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and are vital members of their communities. This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) will focus on the theme,

 

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"Our rights were violated. We could not set our goals, make decisions, fight for us and others," said Edith Vera*, a woman who spent over 20 years in residential institutions in Serbia. A recent study has uncovered that women, like Edith, with mental disabilities who are being held in Serbia's institutions, often suffer multiple forms of violence.

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In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo.