Círculo Emancipador de Mujeres y Niñas Con Discapacidad de Chile – CIMUNIDIS


Promote and ensure the fulfillment of the human, economic, social and cultural rights of women and girls with disabilities

Promover y velar por el cabal cumplimiento de los derechos humanos, económicos sociales y culturales de las mujeres y niñas con discapacidad (translation is our own)


WEI and CIMUNIDIS first had the chance to work together during WEI’s convening of advocates working at the intersection of gender and disability in Latin America, held in Costa Rica in 2017. In 2020, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI observed the thoughtful and effective work CIMUNIDIS undertook in Chile to respond to the pandemic at the intersection of gender and disability, and we approached CIMUNIDIS to work with us to also help inform the global response.

Through a project in conjunction with UNFPA and UN Women, WEI and CIMUNIDIS partnered to organize virtual country-specific consultations with disabled women and other marginalized genders in Chile on the impact of COVID-19 at the intersection of gender and disability. Following those consultations, CIMUNIDIS and WEI have participated in several joint events and meetings on the impact of COVID-19 , have made joint submissions to UN human rights bodies addressing the pandemic, and have worked together on materials to inform States, U.N. agencies, service providers, and others on a rights-based and disability- and gender-inclusive response and recovery.

See materials from our joint response to COVID-19 at the intersection of gender and disability here.

CIMUNIDIS has been an invaluable partner on the COVID-19 response work, and we look forward to opportunities to work with CIMUNIDIS beyond the context of this crisis.