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UN CRPD Discussion on Women and Girls with Disabilities

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Luisa Fenu speaking during the General Discussion on Women and Girls with Disabilities

From 15–19 April 2013 the 9th session of the CRPD Committee took place in Geneva. On 17 April Luisa Fenu, Policy Officer at CBM EU Liaison Office, spoke during a General Discussion on Women and Girls with Disabilities.

Multiple discrimination

"It is generally well recognised that women and girls with disabilities face multiple discrimination. They not only face discrimination from being disabled, but also – and simply – from being women and girls. This is particularly true for women and girls with disabilities who live in poorer countries and communities, where education and access to health care facilities are lacking.

However, tackling that discrimination is not simply about adding disability and gender together, but it is about giving a comprehensive response to unique forms of discrimination." Luisa Fenu

To conclude, Luisa called on the CRPD Committee to guide state parties on:
  1. Data collection and evidence pertaining to women and girls with disabilities
  2. Supporting services in the area of violence and abuse
  3. Increased cooperation between the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination) and the CRPD Committee
  4. Supporting the need for a new gender oriented goal inclusive of women and girls with disabilities in the post-2015 Framework

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