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EDF Women's Voice Newsletter | Issue 25 | June 2021
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Dear sisters and colleagues, 

This month two important events are happening at international level: the Conference on States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities happening next week online, and the Gender Equality Forum happening in Paris and online at the end of the month. We are pleased to share that women and girls with disabilities will be represented in both settings. 

If you missed it, we are sharing with you the recording of our workshop on using the UN Optional Protocols on women and on disability rights to advence the rights of women and girls with disabilites. 

We are also happy to share with you our position paper on violence against women and girls with disablities adopted in May to contribute to the consultations of the European Union on the topic. This is not an exhaustive document. Women and girls with disabilities, and women caring for persons with disabilities, face many forms of violence often unspoken about. You are nonetheless welcome to use our paper, and to contact us if you would like to input our work on ending violence against women in all their diversity. 

Finally, we share with you some consultations that may interest you and your network. 

In solidarity and sisterhood, 


Marine Uldry
Human Rights Officer
European Disability Forum | nothing about us without us -




Conference of States Parties of the UN Disability Convention is next week 

The 14th session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN CRPD will take place between the 15 June and the 17 June. The Conference of State Parties is an annual event organised by the United Nations. During the Conference, participants discuss the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

You can learn more about the Conference here.

You can follow the conference live.

During the conference, many events are organised on the rights of women and girls with disabilities and the gender perspective in disability rights. This is a non-exhaustive list. 

Monday 14th of June Tuesday 15th of June Thursday 17th of June  Friday 18th of June 

All sides events can be consulted here.

You can find more information on events organised by the European Disability Forum here. 

You can still register for the Gender Equality Forum 

Registration is still open for the Generation Equality Forum, which will be held in Paris and online from June 30 to July 2. Attended by Heads of State, the Paris Forum will convene Governments, international organisations, civil society, youth, the private sector and activists from the entire world to make concrete, ambitious and sustainable commitments towards achieving gender equality. The closing date for registration on the virtual platform is 27 June 2021 at 23:59 (GMT+2)

We pleased to inform you that we have been selected to organise a side event on women and girls with disabilities together with the International Disability Alliance and Women Enabled International. More information should be published on our website soon, don't miss out! 

Did you miss it? Recording of our workshop on using the UN Optional Protocols now available 

On 10th of May, we organised an online workshop on using the Optional Protocols of UN Treaties to defend the rights of women and girls with disabilities together with the International Disability Alliance.

The English recording of the workshop and material are now available. 


We published a position paper on violence against women and girls with disabilities in the European Union

To feed to the consultation on combatting domestic and violence against women organised by the European Commission, we published a position paper on violence against women and girls with disabilities in the European Union

Women and girls with disabilities continue to face multiple and intersectional discrimination in all areas of life, and are more at risk to face violence, abuses and harmful practices. Violence may take place in various settings (including in institutions and segregated schools) and take different forms, including harassment and sexual violence, but also forced abortion and sterilisation, and disability specific violence.

Not only they face violence at a higher rate than women without disabilities, they also face additional barriers in reporting, accessing justice, and have access to victims’ rights support measures and protection orders.

We call on the European Union to:

  • Ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)
  • Add gender-based violence to the list of EU crimes.
  • Adopt an EU Directive criminalising all forms of male violence against women and girls
  • Set up a coordinating body to end violence against women and girls
  • Ensuring that gender-based violence is addressed within relevant EU policies and strategies 
  • Collect data and conducting research
  • Finance and promote training and capacity building of professionals in EU Member States
  • Finance and promote emotional and sexuality education in EU Member States, including through project funding
More information. 

Participate in the consultation for the GREVIO General Recommendations on  digital violence

The Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is doing a consultation for its first General Recommendations on the topic of digital violence. 

You are invited to complete the survey, where you can highlight specific challenges and recommendations needed for women and girls with disabilities. 

Complete a Survey on Women with Disabilities

Aoife Price, PhD researcher at the European Disability Forum, is collecting information of groups of women within the disability and women’s movement. If you have any information on any groups, you are invited to complete a short survey. The survey is in English but you can complete it in your preferred language. The survey will remain open until Monday the 14th of June.

Find more Information on the Survey on Women

Complete the Survey on Women with Disabilities

Calls and consultations

UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women  Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence Eurofound 

Grant opportunities 

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Need some small, flexible, rapid response grant to support your activism? The Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF) is an intersectional feminist activist fund that makes response grants of up to US$8,000 to women and trans/queer/non-binary human rights defenders, including those with disabilities, and their organisations when they face unexpected security threats because of their activism or unanticipated advocacy opportunities. Supporting mainly groups that are under-resourced, they do not require official registration and can fund informal and unregistered groups, as well as individual activists in North America, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East. Its Sister Funds  make grants in AfricaLatin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific.

You can learn more about UAF on their website and apply for a grant on this webpage. For further information, please contact Elsa Saade ( 

Calendar 2021



14 June, 9 am- 12 pm EDT: Civil Society Forum of the Conference of the State Parties

14 June, 14:30 - 15:45: Side event to the 14th session of the Conference of State Parties: Implementing the UNCRPD through Disability Strategies.

15-16 June: European Development Days 

15-17 June: Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP)

16 June: Representation Matters Side Event COSP

21 June: Intellectual Disability and Entrepreneurship: challenges and opportunities in light of the new European Disability Strategy

22 June, 13:00 - 15:00 CET: Online Workshop on Cognitive Accessibility

24 June 2021: CEDAW Day general discussion on "the rights of indigenous women and girls"

30 June-2 July: Generation Equality Forum 


30 June-2 July: Generation Equality Forum

6-15 July: High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

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