Published January 28, 2017
WEI and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Standards and Implementation Tool: Research and draft the Standards and Implementation Tool to provide guidance for key stakeholders on the provision of quality, human rights-based sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender-based violence services for women and young people with disabilities.
UNFPA engaged Women Enabled International (WEI) to research and draft the Standards and Implementation Tool to provide guidance for key stakeholders on the provision of quality, human rights-based sexual and reproductive health services and gender-based violence services for women and young people with disabilities.
The purpose of the Tool is to provide practical and concrete guidance to key stakeholders who develop and implement programs, policies, and laws around access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and gender-based violence, with a particular focus on service providers, to ensure that such efforts conform with State’s human rights obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of women and young people with disabilities in these crucial areas.
WEI, in collaboration with UNFPA held an Expert Group Meeting on the Development of the UNFPA/WEI Standards and Implementation Tool for Services Regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence for women and young people with disabilities, in Cartagena, Colombia on December 6, 7, and 8, 2016.
To ensure that the Tool is developed through a comprehensive consultative process with experts from the global community, this Expert Group Meeting brought together experts in health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, and/or gender-based and sexual violence, from both policy and practice perspectives. Invited stakeholders included leading international disability rights experts, representatives from relevant UN agencies, and representatives from specific selected countries, among others.
Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips and Anastasia Holoboff at the UNFPA/WEI Experts Event in Colombia, Dec. 6–8, 2016
Panelists at the UNFPA/WEI Experts Event in Colombia, Dec. 6–8, 2016.
December 6–8, 2016 Expert Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia
January 28, 2017 Project Announced
Women Enabled International (WEI) is a global not-for-profit organization incorporated in Washington, DC and holds U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. WEI advocates for the rights of women and persons with disabilities, with a focus on the rights of women and girls with disabilities in collaboration with women’s and women with disabilities rights organizations worldwide. Through such collaborations, WEI fosters cooperation between organizations of women and girls with disabilities and women's rights organizations for understanding, cross-cutting advocacy, and the advancement of all women and girls.
Women Enabled International focuses on human rights programming and training in developing, and post-conflict countries to ensure the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in international policy and development program design and implementation. Through advocacy and education, WEI has increased the importance of addressing issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights and health, access to justice, education, employment, development policy and more, and their impact on women and girls with disabilities.
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