Our Work: Commission on the Status of Women 57 (CSW 57)

  • April 17, 2013 Read Stephanie Ortoleva's post on the US International Council on Disability blog on her work at CSW57 and violence against women with disabilities. Click here.
  • Photo of panel speakers Rashida Manjoo, Bridget Sleap, Lois herman and Stephanie OrtolevaTop left: Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Bottom (L-R): Stephanie Ortoleva, Women Enabled, Inc.;
    Lois Herman, UN Women's Report Network;
    Bridget Sleap,
    HelpAge International.
    April 10, 2013
    On March 8, 2013, Women Enabled presented at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) in NYC for our Panel on Gender Stereotyping - Gender Violence featuring Professor Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. View event flyer (PDF)

    In Women Enabled's presentation, we noted that generally legal and policy analysis fails to consider the impact of gender stereotyping on women and girls with disabilities, as well as the compounded implications of disability stereotyping, when combined with gender stereotyping. Gender Stereotypes have a major impact on all women and girls, with additional negative effects on women and girls with disabilities. Despite the fact that women and girls with disabilities experience many of the same forms of violence as non-disabled women, violence against women with disabilities has unique forms, unique causes and unique consequences. These negative impacts are felt all over the world and in every sphere of life. Women with disabilities are our forgotten sisters. Women Enabled then highlighted several manifestations of stereotyping on women and girls with disabilities and encouraged those attending to think of how these impacts are both similar to and different from the barriers experienced by non-disabled women.

    Listen to audio of panel
    (Download the 50MB MP3 file)

    View Women Enabled's presentation statement
    View Rikki Holtmaat's statement
    View Simone Cusack's and Rebecca Cook's statement
    View Kathleen Sloan's Statement
    View Kathleen Sloan's Power Point Presentation (PDF format)

Video: Stephanie Ortoleva's Statement


  • March 20, 2013 PDF: CSW57 Agreed Conclusions (advance unedited version) have now appeared on the UN women website.The thematic issue for CSW57 was the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. While at CSW57 I had vigorously advocated for greater inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the Final Conclusions as well as a very strong statement on gender motivated killings of women and on the impact of harmful traditional practices and on the importance of access to sexual and reproductive health care, but was disappointed in the resulting document on all counts. I plan to fully analyze this document more fully and will post that analysis here.
  • Updated March 17, 2013 On March 8, 2013, Women Enabled presented at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) in NYC for High Level Panel on Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities, featuring Madam Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women. In addition to highlighting the ongoing and pervasive nature of violence against women and girls with disabilities, Women Enabled also outlined some further steps that need to be taken by UN Women and the Commission on the Status of Women to more effectively advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities and to include us in important decision-making roles. Women Enabled has organized side events at the last several CSW sessions and we are pleased to see that a little more progress is made each session to enhance our participation in the discussions and in the policy outcomes of CSW and within UN Women itself. Women Enabled reiterated at this panel some additional steps that are essential for more meaningful inclusion. Furthermore, consistent with the due diligence obligations in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, governments also need to take steps to ensure that women and girls with disabilities are included in efforts on prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of retribution to end the violence.
    View event flyer
    View Women Enabled's presentation statement
    Note: Audio file of the panel coming soon!
  • Updated March 17, 2013 On March 8, 2013, Women Enabled presented at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) in NYC for Harmful Traditional Practices - Violence Against Women & Girls, Laws vs. Practice: Rhetoric vs. Reality. As we discussed the impact of harmful traditional practices and violence against women and girls at CSW57, Women Enabled implored CSW57 to include our forgotten sisters, women and girls with disabilities.
    View event flyer
    View Women Enabled's presentation statement
  • March 15, 2013 On the last day of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Michele Bachelet announced that she has resigned as Executive Director of UN Women. Women Enabled thanks her for her service and passion in advancing women's rights and calls on the new Executive Director of UN Women to even more vigorously include women and girls with disabilities in the work of UN Women. Some important steps could include: appointing women with disabilities to leadership positions within UN Women; including women with disabilities and our issues in the next CSW58 preparatory meetings; and including organizations of women and girls with disabilities in UN Women funding programs. We thank Madam Bachelet for beginning the work to include us and encourage even greater progress. Read the article at UN.org
  • March 15, 2013 The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood issued an outrageous statement against the proposed UN CSW 57 document on violence against women, saying it contradicts principles of Islam and destroys family life and the entire society. This is absurd! Support the women of Egypt.


    Read an article about their statement
    on Bloomberg.com

    Original article on Ikhwanweb - The Muslim Brotherhood's Official English Website

     
  • March 15, 2013 Women Enabled joins in the Statement of Feminist and Women's Organizations around the world on the very alarming trends in the negotiations of the Outcome Document of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women as a few governments are clearly wavering in the commitment to advance women's human rights as demonstrated in the constant negotiation of the language in the outcome document. Core human rights principles of issues related to the definition and intersectionality of women and girls experiencing violence against women, including in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, women and girls with disabilities, harmful practices perpetuated in the context of negative culture and traditions, protection of women human rights defenders, among others. Read the statement.
  • March 8, 2013 Notes from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) held March 8, 2013 Egyptian Women's Organizations Call on CSW57 in its Final Conclusions to explicitly reference the degradation of women's rights in the new Constitution and the pervasive "sexual terrorism" to which women are subjected. Instead of protecting the rights of women, the Government of Egypt proposes women-segregated transport, etc. The feminists in Egypt see this as no solution to the violence, just isolation of women. To read their statement, click here. Support our sisters in Egypt! Visit powregypt.org for more info.
  • March 8, 2013 Notes from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) held March 8, 2013 UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo reminds us that "empowerment" is not enough, women need liberation! And we must also consider the ongoing pervasive nature of patriarchy. Violence against women continues and progress is slow. Our feminist roots recall these lessons for freedom which are still powerful today.
  • March 8, 2013 Notes from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) held March 8, 2013 It's International Women's Day! Launching on International Women's Day, the new song "One Woman" is a rallying cry inspiring listeners to join the drive for women's rights and gender equality. It was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women's lives around the world. Visit the official website for the song to learn more about it and download it.
  • March 2013 Side Event in Geneva Towards Preventing Torture and Ill-Treatment in Healthcare Settings
    HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, 22ND SESSION Tuesday, 5 March 2013
    Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

    The Special Rapporteur on Torture's groundbreaking report focuses on abuses in health-care settings that may amount to torture and ill-treatment, including through compulsory detention for medical conditions, denial of pain relief, mistreatment of marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, and reproductive rights violations.

    Download this PDF flyer for more details and list of Panelists.
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