07 Sep 2016
IDDC on its way to the AWID Forum 2016 to promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities

From 8-11 September 2016, the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) will be participating in the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) Forum. AWID is an international gathering of broad movements and sectors revolving around gender and feminism themes. The topic this year is “Feminism Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice”, and the topics of gender and disability will be also discussed, as the issues of women and girls with disabilities are those of all women. This will be an outstanding opportunity to exchange knowledge about the latest gains and gaps for the rights of women and traditionally marginalised populations, and discuss the current situation in different regions of the world, and to share ideas about the best strategies to implement in order to overcome the remaining challenges.


Why is this Forum so important?

It is extremely important for women with disabilities to participate in this forum and to share their experiences and opinions about the current situation. It is also important for women with disabilities to serve on decision-making bodies. In June, elections for the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) yielded a composition of one female member amongst 17 male members. This alarming result has prompted the IDDC, IDA and GQUAL to launch an online campaign to raise awareness about the importance of gender balance within treaty bodies.

Additionally, IDDC prepared a factsheet to show the existing gaps in the inclusion of women with disabilities in all aspect of society. These figures show the urgency to make women with disabilities part of the global women movement agenda.

The AWID Forum will therefore be a great opportunity to facilitate the dialogue between the feminist movement and the disability one, to globally promote the rights of women with disabilities.

You can access more information about the IDDC members-led panels during the AWID Forum 2016 here.

How to join the discussion?

If you are attending the AWID Forum, you are invited to join these interactive conversations with IDDC members and partners.

If you are not attending the conference, stay tuned through IDDC, CBM, Sightsavers, and Handicap International/Making It Work’s social media accounts, as there will be colleagues reporting live from the Forum, and they will be excited to hear your reactions.

Use the #AWIDForum and #FeministFutures hashtags on Twitter and Facebook to take part in the conversation, and share your insights with the IDDC members.