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August 6, 2014 The Beijing+20 review must include women and girls with disabilities! We call on governments and UN Women to include women and girls with disabilities in the critical forthcoming Beijing+20 Review at CSW59 in 2015. To this end, Women Enabled International participated in the United States Government's consultations with civil society as they prepare their CSW+20 Report and we raised specific questions that they must address in the report. We encourage all to engage with their governments as this process moves forward.
Read Women Enabled's Comments and Questions to the Government of the United States PDF also available as Word doc
Read Women Enabled International's comparison of the Beijing Declaration and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities PDF also available as Word docx

For information on CSW59 2015 preparations, see www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/preparations


  • Feb 11, 2014 Human Rights. YES! is a new human rights education tool from the University of Minnesota based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The tool was developed to equip persons with disabilities and their representative organizations to integrate a comprehensive human rights approach into their advocacy work. The training exercises in Human Rights. YES! are designed to enhance organizations' advocacy at the national and community levels... Human Rights. YES!

    Get a FREE hard copy by registering and taking a brief survey on how you will use the manual.


  • Write a letter to the Executive Director of UN Women and to the CEDAW Committee encouraging them to ensure inclusion of women and girls with disabilities as leaders in work on women, peace and security in conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as violence against women and all aspects of gender equality. 

The importance of ensuring the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities is strongly reinforced by the joint study of the World Health Organization and the World Bank, released 9 June 2011, “World Report on Disability,” which has dramatically increased the worldwide estimate of the prevalence of disability from 10% to 15% of the population, as well as an increased estimate of the numbers of women and girls with disabilities, especially in situations of conflict. 

Globally, women make up three-fourths of persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries. Women and girls with disabilities are a part of all societies and need to be part of the solution in advancing the human rights of all and shaping how societies affect their lives. 

Snail mail and email addresses are provided below and please copy 

 on your message.


Ms. Gaynel Curry 
Gender and Women's Rights Advisor
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Room DC1 – 0511, United Nations
New York, NY 10017 USA
website: www.ohchr.org

Ms. Michelle Bachelet
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director
UN Women New York Office
304 East 45th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017 USA

UN Women
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017 United States
Tel: +1 646 781-4400
Fax: +1 646 781-4444
Website: www.unwomen.org


UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee)

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee)



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