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EDF Women's Voice Newsletter | Issue 9 | December 2019
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Women's Voice is about you! It is a way to share and receive updates on gender equality, women's rights and rights of women and girls with disabilities in Europe. Send us your news, events, calls for action and any other relevant news items you wish to include in this newsletter to: marine.uldry@edf-feph.org.

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Dear sisters, friends and colleagues, 


It is already the ninth issue of EDF Women's Voice. We are very happy to see that more and more people have signed up to receive this newsletter launched in March this year with the goal to give more visibility to topics relevant to both the disability and feminist movements.

To illustrate how intersectional our work can be, we are ending the year by informing you on advocacy at international and European level. We are also delighted to say that more and more EDF members submit information on the situation of women and girls with disabilities in their countries to the CEDAW Committee and thank them for their hard work. 

2020 will be another busy year! We hope to start the new decade with the adoption of a EU Gender Equality Strategy fully inclusive of women and girls with disabilities. In the next issue, we will send you more information on our activities for the year. But for now, we are leaving you with a new publications section for inspiration on what to read during the holidays. 

Best wishes and happy holidays! 

Marine

 

Marine Uldry
Human Rights Officer
European Disability Forum | nothing about us without us
marine.uldry@edf-feph.org - www.edf-feph.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS


 

NEWS

International

UN Committee on women rights adopts recommendations on rights of women with disabilities in Belgium and Lithuania


The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee closed its last session of 2019 in November. From Europe, the Committee published recommendations on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania, and sent questions to the governments of Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland. Recommendations (called 'concluding observations') and questions (called 'liste of issues') are available on the website of the Committee under the 74rd session and 76th pre-session web pages. 

Among EDF members, the Lithuanian Disability Forum and the Belgian Disability Forum had submitted alternative reports highlighting the issues faced by women and girls with disabilities in their countries (read the alternative reports on Lithuania and on Belgium). The Committee recommended that Lithuania takes measures to  improvement employment and combat violence against women and girls with disabilities, ensure that they are not subjected to procedure and medical treatment without their free, prior and informed consent, and repeal provisions on legal incapacity of persons with disabilities, including women with disabilities. Regarding Belgium, the Committee asked the government to provide data on forced sterilization of women and girls with disabilities. You can read the full documents on the CEDAW's website. 

Coming up: the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women


Banner CSW 64 Beijing+25 Realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls

The 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the BPfA and its contribution towards the full realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In line with this session, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest European umbrella network of women’s associations representing a total of more than 2000 women’s organisations across Europe, submitted a written statement calling on the role of EU decision-makers to accelerate the pace of change to guarantee women and girls their right to a free, equal and dignified life.

UN Women facilitates the participation of NGOs in sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women. You can find more information on requirements for participation on the dedicated UN Women's webpage. Deadline for registration is 27th January

Women Enabled International launches a blog 


The organisation Women Enabled International launched its new blog "Rewriting the Narrative". It is a blog space dedicated to uplifting and centering the stories of women and girls with disabilities and disability justice allies around the globe. Click here to explore the blog

Europe

The next EU Gender Equality Strategy must include women and girls with disabilities

 
The European Commission is currently drafting its new Gender Equality Strategy post-2019 that should be adopted in the spring 2020. This time, EDF is strongly advocating for an inclusive EU Gender Equality Strategy, that does not exclude women and girls with disabilities. Indeed, in the past, women and girls with disabilities were completely invisible in the gender equality policies adopted by the EU. The Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 and the Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019, only made each, three symbolic references to disability and completely ignored accessibility requirements and issues specific to women and girls with disabilities.

At an hearing organised by the Women Rights Committee of the European Parliament on 4th of December, EDF Vice-President Ana Pélaez, gave 5 recommendations for the future Gender Equality Strategy:
  • Take a holistic approach
  • Address gender-based violence
  • Give access to jobs and address the poverty of women and girls with disabilities
  • Ensure access to justice
  • Ensure participation of women with disabilities in decision-making and implementation of the strategy and all other laws, policies and programmes that concerned them 

EDF Women's Committee meeting and active participation at the European Day of Persons with Disabilities

Group photo of women committee and executive of European Women's Lobby

The Women’s Committee of the European Disability Forum met a day before the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels to discuss achievements of 2019 and activities for 2020. Before the meeting, they shared lunch with the Executives of the European Women’s Lobby at EDF office (picture above). In their afternoon meetings, members discussed the activities taking place in their countries and agreed that there is an important need to continue raising the perspective of women and girls with disabilities at all levels. 2020 will be an important year. At the global level, the Committee will lead EDF involvement in the review of the Beijing Platform of Action – a global agenda for women’s rights. At the EU level, the Committee will provide its expertise for three important EU Strategies on gender equality, victim rights, and disability. They will also inform EDF's alternative report to the EU on issues of women and girls with disabilities. The 2019 report of the activities of the Committee and work plan for 2020 will be published early next year.

Member of women's committee asking a question at the EDPD Member of women's committee asking a question at the EDPD

Members of the Committee actively participated to the European Day of Persons with Disabilities on 28-29 November. They asked representatives of the European Institutions about consultation and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the evaluation of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and in preparation of the next Strategy, and collection of disaggregated data and statistics on violence against women and girls. Ana Pelaez, EDF Vice-President and Chair of the Women’s Committee, gave concluding remarks at the event calling for the EU to be much more ambitious on Disability policy and, crucially, to no longer ignore women with disabilities. "We are absent from the current EU Disability Strategy, and also from the Gender Equality Strategy. Enough is enough," she said.

Mapping organisations of women and girls with disabilities in Europe: expand your network and help us! 


EDF and EDF Women's Committee aim to foster exchange and networking of women and girls with disabilities living in Europe. In order to do so, we wish to identify all organisations of women and girls with disabilities in Europe. We published on our website a list of the organisations we identified from 13 European countries. 

An organisation, network or committee is missing? Please tell us by sending an email to Marine Uldry

National

Spain: CERMI Women's Foundation held its third women and girls with disabilities Social Forum 


Photo of CERMI Women’s Foundation President giving the award to the Minister of Employment  Photo CERMI Women’s Foundation President, the Minister of Employment and the President of the Government of Navarra (among others) at the podium.

On 21 and 22nd of November, CERMI Women's Foundation organised its third Women and Girls with Disabilities Social Forum in Pamplona, in the North of Spain. This event gathers each year women and girls with disabilities from all over the country. It offers a venue to meet, exchange and build networks, while discussing various topics of interests. This year's theme was "United in Diversity" and featured the testimonies a women refugee with disabilities, a women with disabilities survivor of gender-based violence and a transgender woman with disabilities.

During the event, an award for gradually increasing the presence of women with disabilities in political and institutional settings and performing public responsibilities was delivered to Magdalena Valerio Cordero, interim Minister for Employment, Migrations and Social Security, Government of Spain and Carolina Alonso Fernández, Mayoress of Villamuelas, Toledo province. 

You can read the full programme of the event by clicking here. 

New publications

Calls and consultations

European Disability Forum

Grant opportunities for women and trans/queer/non-binary human rights defenders 

 
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 (elsa@urgentactionfund.org).  

2020 Calendar

February


10 - 28 February (Geneva, Switzerland): 75th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (including review of Bulgaria, Moldova and Latvia)
 

March 


2 - 6 March (Geneva, Switzerland): 77th pre-sessional working group of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (including adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting on Germany and Ukraine)  

9 - 27 March (Geneva, Switzerland): 23rd session the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (including review of Estonia and Hungary)  

30 March - 3 April (Geneva, Switzerland): 13th pre-sessional working group of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (including adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting on Croatia)   
 

April


30 March - 3 April (Geneva, Switzerland): 13th pre-sessional working group of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (including adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting on Croatia)   
 

June 


22 June - 10 July (Geneva, Switzerland): 76th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (including review of Denmark)
 

July

 

August

 

17 August - 11 September (Geneva, Switzerland): 24th session the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (including review of France and Switzerland
 

September


17 August - 11 September (Geneva, Switzerland): 24th session the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (including review of France and Switzerland)  

14 - 18 September (Geneva, Switzerland): 14th pre-sessional working group of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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