Call for prioritisation and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in development

Posted by Nicole Moran on September 23, 2020 at 12:32 pm

This virtual statement was presented by Ashrafunnahar Misti from Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF), Bangladesh during the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to development. To watch the full intervention, click HERE.

Delivered by Ashrafunnahar Misti, the statement raised concerns regarding the non-inclusion of people with disabilities in general, women and girls with disabilities in particular, in development efforts. Member states were urged to take a robust, inclusive, intersectional, and sustained approach that is both human rights, data and evidence-based and accounts for vulnerabilities based on gender, age, and disability by taking actions aligned with the SDG commitments, ICPD and Beijing commitments and those found under CRPD and CEDAW.

It also demanded for the meaningful and inclusive representation of women with disabilities in all spheres of public and private life and in leadership roles including in decision-making processes ensuring access to essential needs including sexual and reproductive health and rights, effective and affordable medicine, assistive products, and vaccines without any barriers and discrimination, especially when faced with sexual and gender-based violence, pandemic, natural disaster, humanitarian crisis, conflict/post-conflict scenarios.

For more information and to read the full statement, please see here

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