Where culture really matters: disability and well-being in Yemen

Benedicte Ingstad, Arwa Baider and Lisbet Grut

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI:
Where culture really matters: disability and well-being in Yemen

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This chapter shows a situation in which culture makes the difference in the life situation of poor disabled women and men. It concentrates on data from Yemen, mainly qualitative interviews with 35 individuals and one group interview with young physically disabled girls in an orphanage. The chapter confirms that poverty gives people less access to healthcare and preventive measures, education, and money to buy nutritious food and medicines. Thus poor people are more at risk than others of developing impairments. Similarly, education, social services, and employment are less accessible to a disabled person in Yemen than to those who have full use of their limbs, senses, and intellectual ability. The gender issues of segregation and male dominance play an important role in making girls/women with an impairment more disadvantaged in many ways than boys/men.

Keywords: Yemen; disability studies; poverty; disabled women; male dominance

Chapter.  7367 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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