According to one of the authors of the studies, Lynnmarie Sardinha, older women and women with disabilities can feel extremely isolated when they suffer violence, which makes it more difficult for them to escape and report abuse. “Stigma and discrimination can further reduce their access to services or information, or even result in their reports of violence being rejected by rescuers”, – says the activist. Avni Amin, head of the Rights and WHO Equality, commenting on the analyses, said the situation of older women and women with disabilities remains largely hidden in most global and national data relating to violence.

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