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    Raising awareness on disability and gender-based violence: What does it take to leave no one behind?

    Within the framework of the international campaign “16 days of activism on gender-based violence” and in celebration of the International Day of Persons with disabilities (December 3rd), Handicap International, in collaboration...More

    Promoting rights, sharing experiences and advancing equity for women with disabilities

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted 10 years ago. It is nowadays one of the key references to advance, promote and protect the rights of men and women and girls with...More

    African Call for good practices on the elimination, prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of women and girls with disabilities

    [French and Arabic below] Making It Work, in collaboration with a global Gender and Disability Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is launching an African call for good practices on the elimination, prevention of and response to...More

    Call to Action to Promote Gender Parity within the CRPD Committee and all Treaty Bodies

    In June 2016, elections were held for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) which yielded a composition of only one woman member amongst 17 men members, starting from 1 January...More

    Discussing violence against women with disabilities at the AWID Forum

    From September 8th to 11th, the Making it Work (MIW) team will be participating in the AWID Forum 2016, an international gathering of broad movements and sectors revolving around gender and feminism themes. The topic this year is...More

    Results of the CRPD elections - Joint statement

    New York, 17 June 2016      On 14 June 2016 9 of the 18 Expert Members of the CRPD Committee were elected at the opening of the 9th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with...More

    Revealing the experiences of untold Silent Tears

    On 12 April 2016, CBM International and the Handicap International Making It Work Initiative on Gender and Disability co-hosted a side-event  during the 15th session of the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of...More

    Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

        On 12 April the MIW Initiative on Gender and disability and CBM International are co-hosting the event  project “Silent Tears”  at the 15th session of the CRPD Committee. Silent Tears is a...More

    Spanish launch of the MIW report “advancing gender equity for women and girls with disabilities”.

    In collaboration with the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Handicap International’s MIW coordination team organized on 8 February 2016 a webinar to launch in Spanish the MIW report “advancing equity for women and girls...More

    Online Launch of Spanish Making it Work report on ‘Advancing equity for women and girls with disabilities’ 8th of February, 2016

    Evento de “Avanzando con la equidad de mujeres y niñas con discapacidad” 8.2.2016More

    English Making it Work Report on Advancing equity for women and girls with disabilities launched during a side-event at the CEDAW Committee

    Lively exchanges about how to end violence, rights violations and abuse of women and disability rights during in GenevaMore

    Launch event of the English Making it Work report: “Advancing equity for women and girls with disabilities”

    All information where and when the launch of the latest English Making it Work Report will take placeMore

    Disability and Gender Forum New York - Ending human rights violations experienced by women and girls with disabilities

    Women with and without disabilities, local experts address states, academia and civil society at the Conference of State Parties to the CRPDMore

    Making it Work Initiative at the eight Conference of State Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    In New York, in June 2015More

    Making it Work Initiative updates, May 2015

    What happened since the call for good practices last year...?More

    International call for good practices on the elimination, prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of women and girls with disabilities

    Handicap International, in collaboration with a global Gender and Disability Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee), is launching an international call for good practices on the elimination, prevention of and response to...More

    New Making it Work initiatives

    Check the latest Making it Work initiatives from all around the world:  West AfricaRights in Action: Good practices for inclusive employment in West AfricaThe initiative is a set of best practices on the inclusive...More

    Report on inclusive WASH

    Launch of Water Aid report on Inclusive Water, Sanitation and HygieneSharing evidence and experience from the field The project brings together experience and expertise to address the WASH needs of people through different...More

    Launch of our new website

    The Making It Work International Coordination Team is pleased to announce the launch of their new website including an online searchable database with over 100 good practice case studies on disability inclusion. The website has...More

    Making It Work side event at the 5th session of the COSP, 12-14 September 2012

    The Making it Work (MIW) International Coordination team facilitated a side event on the Making it Work (MIW) methodology at the Fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with...More

    Promoting rights, sharing experiences and advancing equity for women with disabilities

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted 10 years ago. It is nowadays one of the key references to advance, promote and protect the rights of men and women and girls with disabilities. In its article 6, the CRPD pays a particular attention to women and girls with disabilities, and calls on all States to take appropriate measures to enhance the rights of all women with disabilities and promote their full development and potential.

     To celebrate this anniversary, and discuss what has been done over the past 10 years, the Women with Disabilities Art and Culture Network, a Korean organization chaired by Miyeon Kim, is organizing an international conference on the following topic: “Promotion of the Rights of Women and Girls with Disability by the UN CRPD”.

    Co-hosted by International Disability Alliance (IDA), and co-sponsored inter alia by Handicap International, this conference will take place in Seoul, on October 18th and 19th, and will gather experts from 13 different countries. This will be a great opportunity for women with disabilities, as well as their representative organisations, to share their experiences and insights about the current situation. Discussions will revolve around the next steps that need to be taken by States and other development/human rights actors in order to continuously use the CRPD to enhance the rights of women with disabilities.

    This topic is especially important, as women with disabilities are still often excluded from their communities, and are perceived through the prism of ancient myths and beliefs regarding their disability. Their rights are frequently violated, they experience diverse type of abuse, and decisions over their own lives and bodies are often made by others. However, the inclusion and empowerment of women with disabilities benefits the society as a whole: indeed, they can then contribute to the economic and social development of their community as effectively as their peers with no disability, and their participation then enhances the overall wellbeing of the community. The participation of all members of a community, with or without disability, is the key to an advanced cohesion within society. To ensure thus the effective participation of women with disabilities, coordination between people and organizations from across different sectors is a necessary step that will increase the concrete impact of the CRPD.

    You can read more about the conference here and follow the latest discussions about the CRPD 10th anniversary on our Twitter and Facebook accounts!