WE Issues: Conventions and International Mechanisms: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the CRPD Committee

  • April 14, 2017 Women Enabled International Guide to CRPD General Comment No. 3: Women and Girls with Disabilities

    This guide to General Comment No. 3 on women and girls with disabilities (GC3) from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) attempts to pull together  the information contained in disparate parts of GC3 on the major themes it covers, including gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and access to justice. This guide also brings together the recommendations that the CRPD Committee makes in GC3 about eliminating discrimination and stereotypes and ensuring equality for women and girls with disabilities.

    This guide is divided into six sections:
    · Discrimination, Equality, and the Content of Article 6;
    · Respect, Protect, Fulfill Framework;
    · Stereotypes;
    · Gender-based Violence;
    · Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR); and
    · Access to Justice.
    These are the major themes covered by GC3. However, GC3 also addresses other issues, including legal capacity, employment, public participation, and education, among others. The charts below include these issues as they are relevant to the themes above, but GC3 may also contain additional information on these topics and should be directly consulted as needed.

    WEI Guide to CRPD General Comment No 3 on Women UPDATED FINAL GC TEXT April 2017.pdf

    WEI Guide to CRPD General Comment No 3 on Women UPDATED FINAL GC TEXT April 2017.docx

  • Updated July 30, 2016  

    WEI President Stephanie Ortoleva expresses outrage over CRPD Committee elections - watch new video clip from the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD.

    Women Enabled International statement on the CRPD Committee elections (originally posted June 16, 2016)

    Women enabled International is horrified about the results of the 9th Conference of States Parties election of the new members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Not one woman was elected! We need the voices and experiences of women and girls with disabilities to be represented on this important Committee and, as studies worldwide have shown, electing women to office is the best way to ensure that our needs as disabled women and girls are addressed and effectively reflected in human rights law and international policy and development.

    infographic showing 17 people of one type and 1 of anotherWe must point out that the CRPD itself has clearly spoken on this issue: CRPD Article 34(4) states:

    4. The members of the Committee shall be elected by States Parties, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution, representation of the different forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems, balanced gender representation and participation of experts with disabilities.

    We note that it was under the leadership of the six women who served on the CRPD Committee that a draft General Comment on CRPD Article 6 on Women was drafted and we passionately hope that it will be adopted in the July CRPD Committee session as clarity and guidance is needed on the understanding of this important CRPD provision.

    Women Enabled International President and Legal Director Stephanie Ortoleva Stated: "Where are the women? The lack of 'balanced gender representation' as required under CRPD Article 34(4) for the CRPD Committee is certainly a dark day for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. we must mobilize to ensure that the next election in 2018 is a gamechanger and results in even greater gender balance. The time to start organizing is NOW!"

    Watch the Women enabled International website and social media for further calls to action!
  • July 26, 2015 WEI's submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities draft General Comment on Article 6 on women, raising the myriad human rights issues raised by the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that women with disabilities encounter, focusing on gender-based violence as a pernicious manifestation of such discrimination, noting that women with disabilities experience gender-based violence at a magnitude greater than women without disabilities, and women with disabilities face numerous barriers to ending the cycle of violence and accessing justice, WEI clarifies States' due diligence obligations with respect to gender-based violence committed against women with disabilities by both state and private actors and provides an overview of barriers that women with disabilities face in accessing justice and identifies States' obligations to respond to such violence, and then WEI concludes with recommendations for strengthening the language of the draft General Comment to provide greater clarity on these obligations.

    Read WEI's submission in MS Word
    Read WEI's submission in PDF
    Read the CRPD Committee's Draft General Comment
  • May 5, 2014 Women Enabled and the Center for Reproductive Rights submit to the CRPD Committee our comments on draft CRPD Article 9 on Accessibility, raising important issues relating to access to sexual and reproductive health care services and rights for women with disabilities. Read the comments (PDF) (Word doc)
  • October 4, 2013 The Draft General Comments on Article 12 Legal Capacity and the Draft General Comments on Article 9 on Accessibility have been released by the Committee of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. These drafts are available at:  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/DGCArticles12And9.aspx
  • The Committee invites DPOs and persons with disabilities, States Parties, NHRIs, independent monitoring bodies under Article 33(2) of the CRPD, NGOs, research institutions and academics to submit comments to the draft General Comments in writing in English, Spanish or French by 31 January 2014 to crpd@ohchr.org

  • April 15, 2013 At the Opening Meeting of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' 9th Session, Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes was elected by an overwhelming majority as the new Chair of the Committee. She is the first woman to Chair the Committee. Women Enabled, Inc. stands ready to assist, especially in the Committee's work to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities! We also thank outgoing Chair Ron McCallum for his years of excellent service.
  • April 14, 2013 We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, April 17, the public sessions of the CRPD Committee's 9th session will be broadcast live on the web at www.treatybodywebcast.org  From 12 -1pm (Geneva time): First half day of general discussion on women and girls with disabilities. From 3 - 6pm (Geneva time): Second half day of general discussion on women and girls with disabilities. Convert Geneva time to your own time zone at www.thetimenow.com International sign interpretation of the public discussions will also be webcast live. The recordings will be archived after the close of the session on the same website.
  • April 9, 2013 Women Enabled has reviewed the Concluding Observations prepared by the CRPD Committee for the six countries for which the CRPD Committee has issued Concluding Observations to determine the extent to which issues of concern to women and girls with disabilities were addressed. We have determined that more comprehensive coverage of issues of concern to women and girls with disabilities must be included in this process. Below are detailed analyses and recommendations, as well as the CRPD Committee's List of Issues posed to each country and the CRPD Committee's Concluding Observations for each country.

    1. Overall analysis and recommendations (PDF) (doc)

    2. Reviews of the six individual countries:

    • Argentina - Women Enabled's Review (PDF) (doc)
    • Argentina - CRPD List of Issues (PDF) (doc)
    • Argentina - CRPD Concluding Observations (PDF) (doc)
    • Peru - Women Enabled's Review (PDF) (doc)
    • Peru - CRPD List of Issues (PDF) (doc)
    • Peru - CRPD Concluding Observations (PDF) (doc)
    • China - Women Enabled's Review (PDF) (doc)
    • China - CRPD List of Issues (PDF) (doc)
    • China - CRPD Concluding Observations (PDF) (doc)
    • Spain - Women Enabled's Review (PDF) (doc)
    • Spain - CRPD List of Issues (PDF) (doc)
    • Spain - CRPD Concluding Observations (PDF) (doc)
    • Hungary - Women Enabled's Review (PDF) (doc)
    • Hungary - CRPD List of Issues (PDF) (doc)
    • Hungary - CRPD Concluding Observations (PDF) (doc)
    • Tunisia - Women Enabled's Review (PDF) (doc)
    • Tunisia - CRPD List of Issues (PDF) (doc)
    • Tunisia - CRPD Concluding Observations (PDF) (doc)

  • February 2013 Read Women Enabled's submission to the CRPD Committee for its April 2013 General Discussion on Article 6 on women. Women Enabled calls on the CRPD Committee to address access to justice for women and girls with disabilities as it elaborates a general recommendation on Article 6 on women. Click here for Women Enabled's submission. Click here to read the CRPD Committee's Statement on its half day of general discussion.
  • Sept 2011 Stephanie Ortoleva speaks at a side event at the CRPD Conference of State/Parties Sept 7, 2011 at the UN in NYC: Gender Perspectives Using International Law to Advance the rights of Women and girls with Disabilities.
    PDF: View the event flyer.
  • 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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