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EWL member appointed Vice President of UN Enable

EWL Board member/European Disability Forum Executive member Ana Pelaez, has been appointed Vice President of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities until 2012.

Ana Peláez Narváez holds a Degree in Science of Education, a Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Special Needs for People with Disabilities and PhD courses in quality of life.

She is currently the Director of International Relations at the Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), executive Vice-President of the ONCE Foundation for Solidarity with Blind People in Latin America (FOAL) and Commissioner for Women’s Affairs at the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI).

These responsibilities have led her to represent her organisation at European and international level.

Ana is active in the EDF Women’s Committee since 2001, and she currently chairs it. She is a member of the EDF Executive Committee and Board, where she has been given responsibility for gender issues.

Ana participated in the official Spanish delegation that took part in the final drafting phase of the Un Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as in the Signing Ceremony, and official deposit of Spain’s ratification.

Ana is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She was elected to the Committee in November 2008 for a period of four years.

In recognition of her contribution in this field, she was recently awarded the Order of Isabel the Catholic by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Link to the EDF website: http://www.edf-feph.org/default.asp

Link to UN Enable website: http://www.un.org/disabilities/

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