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European Disability Forum publishes 2nd Manifesto on the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the EU

[Brussels, 08 September 2011] The EWL has endorsed the 2nd Manifesto on the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the European Union published by the European Disability Forum, an EWL member organisation.

’Promoting the equal rights of women and girls with disabilities is one of the most important aspects of the work of the European Disability Forum and I am convinced that this manifesto will be a key tool for ensuring the full respect of these rights in practice’ says EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis.

This second manifesto is needed following the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is the first human rights convention that has been adopted and concluded by the EU itself, in addition to its Member States.

EDF is honoured that the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), of which EDF is a full member, has endorsed this manifesto. Their support is crucial in order to dismantle the multiple discrimination that women and girls with disabilities still face in many areas of life.

EDF encourages policy makers as well as all persons involved in the disability movement – and elsewhere – to make use of this manifesto. By mainstreaming gender and disability into all policies we are able to together create a society where discrimination no longer has a place: a society based on respect of the human and civil rights for all persons.

Download the 2nd Manifesto on the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the European Union: A toolkit for activists and policymakers. This document is also available in French and Spanish.

Background Information:

Contact:

Maria Nyman | Policy Officer | Tel: + 32 2 28 65 184 | maria.nyman@edf-feph.org

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