Beijing Plus 20 Review: The Situation of Women and Girls with Disabilities and The Beijing Plus 20 Proces

August 11, 2014
Source: Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq., President, Women Enabled, Inc.

Beijing+20 is a process to assess how far Member States and other stakeholders have come in implementing the commitments made at theFourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. Since 1995, the Commission on the Status of Women has played a central role in monitoring, reviewing and appraising progress achieved and problems encountered in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace, which world leaders committed to in 12 critical areas of concern.  This review will take place at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in March 2015.  The inclusion of the rights of women and girls with disabilities, as enumerated in the Beijing Declaration, must have a prominent place in this review. 

The inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the Beijing + 20 review is provided for within the provisions of both the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD),[1][1] and the Beijing Declaration[2][2] and Platform for Action, among other international and regional treaties, and including the pronouncements of the CRPD’s treaty body......

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  Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, G.A. Res. 61/611, U.N. Doc. A/RES/61/611 (Dec. 6, 2006) available at [hereinafter CRPD].

[2][2] Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Fourth World Conference on Women, A/CONF/177/20 (Sept. 15, 1995) available at