Historically, women have and continue to be marginalized with fewer rights, less income, lower education and health status, and less access to resources and decision-making than men. This is particularly true of women and girls living with disabilities. ICACBR programs prioritize the understanding and knowledge of gender issues and the interaction between gender and disability and its impact on health. The Centre uses a gender lens to promote and understand disability issues confronting men and women. ICACBR uses mechanisms available to practitioners, individuals, family members, organizations, community workers and other stakeholders to improve gender equality and build capacity through gender specific tools in designing, implementing and evaluating programs. ICACBR is considered a leader in the promotion of gender equality internationally.
Gender equality is a priority in all ICACBR programs and the Centre plays an important role in advocating for and implementing equal status for women and men, girls and boys. Gender equality is a crosscutting theme integrated within all ICACBR initiatives through directive and responsive programming by: