Women and girls with disabilities need empowermentby Beatrice Credi - 2016.08.30
States too often fail to uphold their obligations with regard to women and girls with disabilities, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has said. “Policies for women have traditionally made disability invisible, and disabilities policies have overlooked gender. But if you are a woman or a girl with disabilities, you face discrimination and barriers because you are female, because you are disabled, and because you are female and disabled,” said Committee member Theresia Degener. To help to address this, the Committee has issued guidance for the 166 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on how they can promote the empowerment of women with disabilities to enable them to participate in all spheres of life on an equal basis with others. The guidelines note that there are three main areas of concern regarding women and girls with disabilities:
1) Physical, sexual, or psychological violence, which may be institutional or interpersonal;
2) Restriction of sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to accessible information and communication, the right to motherhood and child-rearing responsibilities;
3) Multiple discrimination.
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