Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Timothy D. Sisk

Second Advisor

Tricia D. Olsen

Third Advisor

Singumbe Muyeba


Accessibility, Disability, Gender, Humanitarian, Inclusion, International


Gender and Disability: An Exploration of Reflective Practice for Protection and Access Amid Complex Emergencies is a qualitative research project exploring under what conditions and in what ways disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) effectively protect and provide access to women and girls with disabilities amid complex emergencies. The study upheld a participatory approach and rights-based framework, emphasizing that authentic inclusion requires centering disabled voices in research. Drawing on extant research, grey literature, and data collected from online practitioner questionnaires and semi-structured interviews, the study conducted a multi-phased reflexive thematic analysis. The research findings culminate in a composite narrative that brings to life the lived experiences of women with disabilities in humanitarian settings. The principal finding highlights the normative conditions enabling DPOs to effectively protect and provide access to women and girls with disabilities amid complex emergencies include an intersectional approach, rights-based framework, universal design, meaningful engagement, and capacity development.

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Rights Holder

Lindsey A. Mandolini


Received from ProQuest

File Format



English (eng)


142 pgs

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870 KB


Disability studies, International relations