March 8, 2013
Source: European Disability Forum

Brussels, 8 March 2013 /// The International Women’s Day 2013 finds Europe at a stage where significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. However, discrimination against women still exists and Europe often fails to protect the rights of its female citizens. Women with disabilities, in particular, have to deal with a double challenge: the discrimination they often face for their gender, and the discrimination they face due to their disability. On today’s occasion, EDF calls the EU to take measures to promote gender equality and to empower the active participation of women with disabilities in society.

Promoting the equal rights of women and girls with disabilities is at the core of EDF’s work, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The 8th of March is a day to celebrate what women have achieved throughout the last years. However, it’s also a day to raise awareness about women with disabilities in the EU, whose rights are still threatened: women who are still succumbed to forced sterilisation, violence or institutionalisation, women who are deprived of their right to vote and of their right to be active citizens in society. Ensuring those women’s equal rights and putting an end to their discrimination is the challenge that the EU has to face and this has to happen today.


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