Event date: 

13 Jun 2017

Event location: 

UN Headquarters (Conference Room E), New York

Due to multiple discriminations, millions of women and girls with disabilities worldwide are exposed to various forms of human rights violations and gender based violence.


This side-event at the 10th session of the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (COSP) will discuss opportunities, good practices and challenges that political and development processes provide for the fulfillment of human rights of women/girls in relation to their sexual and reproductive health. It will:

  • highlight factors contributing to the double discrimination of women and girls with disabilities in overall development and in particular to sexual and reproductive health;
  • bring positive initiatives that can inspire SDG realisation during this second decade of the UNCRPD and create multi-stakeholder inclusive processes that ensure a violence and discrimination free environment in which the human rights of girls and women, including in relation to their sexual and reproductive health is respected , protected and fulfilled; and
  • develop strong recommendations on how the UNCRPD, CEDAW and other international and national human rights conventions and laws and SDGs can be used to tackle the multiple inequalities faced by women/girls with disabilities with focus on those left farthest behind.


  • Welcoming by from the Permanent Mission of Austria
  • Introduction by the moderator Nidhi Goyal, CREA


  • Ms. Lopa Banerjee, Chief, Civil Society Section, UN Women
  • Ms. Victoria Lee, OHCHR
  • Ms. Sabine Rehbichler, Director Programmes, Advocacy and Partnerships Light for the World
  • Ms. Georgette Mulheir, CEO Lumos
  • Ms. Lizzie Kiama, This Ability, Kenya 
  • Ms. Rama Dhakal, Executive Director of National Association of the Physical Disabled, Nepal
  • Ms. Antonia Irazabal, Ministry of Social Development of Uruguay

Closing remarks:

  • Stephanie Ortoleva, President Women Enabled International

Organiser: The side event is being organised by the Permanent Mission of Austria.

Co-sponsors: Permanent Missions of Ethiopia, Antigua and Barbuda, OHCHR, UN Women, International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Center for Reproductive Rights (CREA), Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre India (SMRC), Handicap International, Inclusion International, Light for the World, Lumos, Reproductive Health Matters, Women Enabled International.


For more information please see the invitation, and for any inquires please contact Ishani Cordeiro at icordeiro@creaworld.org

Please note: if you are not registered for the COSP but would like to attend this side event please register via the registration form until 8 June 2017 at the latest.