Women with Disability across Europe: Issues on Updated and Available DataMatilde Leonardi*, Eleni Koutsogeorgou, Anita Quatrini and Venusia Covelli
Neurological Institute Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy
- Corresponding Author:
- Dr Matilde Leonardi
Neurology, Public Health and Disability Unit
Scientific Directorate, Neurological Institute Carlo Besta IRCCS Foundation
Via G. Celoria 11, 20133, Milan, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: June 23, 2014; Accepted Date: July 21, 2014; Published Date: July 26, 2014
Citation: Leonardi M, Koutsogeorgou E, Quatrini A, Covelli V (2014) Women with Disability across Europe: Issues on Updated and Available Data. J Women’s Health Care 3:175. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000175
Copyright: © 2014 Leonardi M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The collection of comparable estimates of Women with Disability (WwD) is essential for successful policy-making, and can be directly addressed to the reduction of the barriers that WwD have to face so to achieve full participation in all aspects of their lives. In order to minimize and prevent barriers for WwD, a common policy and a research framework is needed within the European countries. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to underline the issues related to availability, type, and comparability of European data about WwD, and to suggest how to overcome some of the open needs. In particular, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) issued by the World Health Organization could be the core conceptual model for collecting data and measuring disability, acting as the basis for relevant social policies, since information at all levels on the functioning of WwD is essential for policy purposes.