March 14, 2014 CSW58 Parallel Event was held: Progress? Participation of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Education and Employment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fields
This dynamic panel of experts and practitioners assessed progress in the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in education and employment in the science, technology, engineering & math fields, as part of the CSW 58’s Review Theme. The Final Conclusions from CSW 55 made specific reference to the urgent need to include women and girls with disabilities in these critical fields. Women with disabilities continue to have the lowest education and employment rates among all women and this panel explored the current situation and successful strategies for progress.
- Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women Enabled
- Donna M. Mertens, PhD, Professor, Dept of Education at Gallaudet Univ.
- Professor Asha Hans, Co-Founder of the Women with Disabilities India Network, Founder Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre
- Lois Herman, Coordinator Women's UN Report Network
Statement from Donna Mertens PDF | Statement from Donna Mertens Word document
Statement from Asha Hans PDF | Statement from Asha Hans Word document
Statement from Lois Herman PDF | Statement from Lois Herman Word document
May 1, 2013 Read a Post by Stephanie Ortoleva "Yes! Women and Girls with Disabilities Do Math: We are the Keys to Our Future and Our Rights!" on the World Justice Project Blog
Abstract: In this World Justice Project blog post Stephanie draws on her keynote presentation at the Pacific rim conference at the University of Hawaii and discusses the urgent need to advance the education and employment of women and girls with disabilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), stressing that this is not only important for women and girls with disabilities and for society as a whole. She then explores the mixed promises of technology for women and girls with disabilities and compares this to the promises made to women about the liberating effects of technology in the 20th Century – some promises not kept.
July 12, 2013 Please read and watch the amazing speech by Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education during a speech she delivered at the United Nations in New York on July 12, 2013, her 16th birthday.
She spoke out strongly for the right of all children—girls and boys-- to get an education and was passionate about advancing women’s rights. In her speech she called on girls and women to speak up and fight for their rights.
She said, “Today I am focusing on women’s rights and girls’ education because they are suffering the most. There was a time when women activists asked men to stand up for their rights. This time we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights, but I am focusing on women to be independent and fight for themselves. … So today… we call upon the world leaders that all of these deals must protect women’s and children’s rights. A deal that goes against the rights of women is unacceptable.”
Read Malala's speech transcript at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/12/malala-yousafzai-united-nations-education-speech-text and watch the video at http://webtv.un.org/watch/malala-yousafzai-addresses-united-nations-youth-assembly/2542094251001/#full-text
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