Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities During the COVID 19 Pandemic.
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December 3rd is internationally recognised as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A day that aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
The outbreak of the global crisis of COVID-19 brought to the front the deeply rooted violations of the rights of persons, is deepening pre-existing inequalities, and exposing the magnitude of exclusion for women and girls with disabilities. It also revealed to the UNCRPD Committee that majority of the countries that had ratified the UNCRPD barely enforced it to protect women and girls with disabilities from being hit the hardest by the crisis.
Disability inclusion has never been more essential and imperative to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security of women and girls with disabilities. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind, ensure gender equality and reduce inequalities within and among societies.
The commitment to realising the rights of women and girls with disabilities is not only a matter of justice, but also an investment in a common future.