WEI Submission to the CRPD Committee Regarding Women with Disabilities and Access to Justice

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WEI Submission to the CRPD Committee Regarding the General Discussion on Women with Disabilities and Access to Justice

By Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women Enabled International
February 15, 2013

Women Enabled, Inc. writes with respect to the urgent need for the inclusion of issues of concern to women and girls with disabilities with respect to the urgent issues of violence against women and access to justice, as the Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD Committee) embarks on a General Discussion on the rights of women and girls with disabilities at its 7th Session in April 2013. Despite the implications for more than 500 million women with disabilities and their families, issues concerning women with disabilities receive only limited, or even invisible, coverage in efforts to amend and modify laws, policies and practices on access to justice for women. As the CRPD Committee embarks on the elaboration of a General Recommendation on the Rights of women with disabilities, we encourage a focus on violence against women with disabilities and access to Justice, thereby contributing to a more inclusive, effective and vibrant discussion for all women by addressing issues concerning access to justice for women with disabilities. Coincidently, the Committee on the Elimination of discrimination Against Women just this week has held a General Discussion on Access to Justice for Women.

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