Since 2002 the United Nation Member States are negotiating » A Comprehensive and Integral Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities «. Although the human rights of persons with disabilities are fairly good respected in the actual draft the gender perspective is missing nearly throughout the document. The special needs and discriminations of women with disabilities are hardly mentioned or referred to. Disabled women remain invisible so far.
But to make States Parties and society conscious about these specific discriminations of women with disabilities and to report about their situation it is indispensable to include the gender perspective. The existing Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is not sufficient at this point as it does not have a disability perspective. Thus States Parties of CEDAW are not obliged to report on the situation of disabled women.
Therefore the organisations NETZWERK ARTIKEL 3 and Sozialverband Deutschland (SoVD) started this campaign to make disabled women visible in the UN Convention.
Proposals to complement the Draft Convention have already been elaborated.
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