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UN rights committee: Women and girls with disabilities are equal rights holders

31 August 2016

Noting that national policies often tend to treat women and girls with disabilities as helpless objects of pity or allow them to be treated in that manner, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stressed on 30 August that, instead, they need to be empowered and allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, as any other person.

"Policies for women have traditionally made disability invisible, and disabilities policies have overlooked gender," said Theresia Degener, a member of Committee member in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

To address this issue, the Committee has issued guidance for the 166 states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to help them empower women and girls with disabilities and to enable them to participate in all spheres of life on an equal basis with others, as set out expressly in Article 6 of the Convention.

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