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New General Assembly Resolution on Situation of Women and Girls with Disabilities

Strasbourg 05/12/2017
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On 21 November 2017, the Third Committee of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution A/C.3/72/L.18/Rev.1 on the “Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto: situation of women and girls with disabilities.” It recognises that women and girls with disabilities are faced with multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination which poses barriers in all aspects of life. The draft resolution, inter alia, acknowledges the importance of taking measures to raise awareness of the rights of women and girls with disabilities in order to eliminate stereotypes, prejudices and violence.

Awareness raising on the rights of persons with disabilities, equal opportunities and freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse are among the priority areas of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Human Rights a Reality for All.

More information about the UN General Assembly draft resolution is available on this page.


What we do

Promoting and protecting human rights of persons with disabilities is central to the Council of Europe work and action to protect and promote the human rights of all citizens.

Based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Convention on Human Rights and other legal standards, the Council of Europe endeavours to enhance equal opportunities, improve the quality of life and independence of people with disabilities, guarantee their freedom of choice, full citizenship and active participation in the life of the community.

Focus

Seminar on awareness raising for persons with disabilities

The Council of Europe and the Danish Ministry for Children and Social Affairs are organising a seminar in Copenhagen, on 13-14 December 2017 to discuss awareness raising for persons with disabilities. Held in the framework of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (November 2017 – May 2018), the seminar contributes towards the  implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities “Human Rights - a reality for all". The seminar will bring together government authorities, persons with disabilities and their representatives, service providers, non-governmental organisations and independent experts and private sector and media representatives. 

Draft programme

Concept note

Final report