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

    November 25, 2016

    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 with UN Women is organizing a working session on how UN agencies, States and Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can take actions to stop gender-based violence and become more disability-inclusive.

    Symbolically, this event is taking place in Beijing on 1st December where, 20 years ago, the governments present at the Fourth World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Declaration, emphasing the need for inclusion and diversity. Today, the agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals is revamping the commitments of the declaration through, in particular, its Goal 5 on Women’s empowerment and gender equality, with the ambition of leaving no one behind. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will provide development stakeholders with the adequate framework to implement the 2030 agenda in a way that promotes participation, values citizens’ engagement, and protects rights. 

    This conversation wants to offer international development actors the opportunity to gather and brainstorm on concrete steps that could be taken to ensure that more than half of billion women with disabilities are not left behind again.

    Speakers will include representatives from UN Women, Handicap International and discussion will be fed with the evidence gathered through the Making It Work project on gender-based violence and disability inclusion.

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