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Call for lifting discrimination against Arab women with disabilities

11-5-2018

The Arab Organization of People with Disabilities (AODP) held its third regional conference of the Arab Forum for Women with Disabilities in Cairo (April 28-29) under the headline, ‘Cooperation for a safer world without obstacles’. The event, which comes as part of the ‘The inclusion of persons with disabilities within the Sustainable Development agenda 2030’, is in partnership with the Women, Family and Childhood Department at the League of Arab States, WRC and CRTDA with the support of AGFUND. Participants in the conference stressed the need to repeal discriminatory legislations and policies that prevent women and girls with disabilities from enjoying their rights as recognized in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and similar human and women’s rights agreements. Participants also pressed for ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to quality health services, particularly sexual and reproductive health services, and the inclusion of plans targeting women and girls with disabilities in all relevant strategies. They appealed to the Arab League to adopt the said declaration, including demands related to girls and women with disabilities and the mothers of disabled children in order to ensure their equal participation in society. (An Nahar, May 11, 2018)

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