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Call on States Parties to Restore Gender Balance to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The GQUAL Campaign, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium call upon States Parties to promote gender balance as well as quality and independence amongst the experts within the elections for the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee). The World Blind Union is a member of IDA.​​

On June 12th, 2018, during the XI Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, States Parties will elect 9 experts to the CRPD Committee. This election will provide States with the opportunity and the responsibility to restore gender balance to the Committee, and to ensure that elected experts are persons with proven experience and independence.

Out of the total 36 experts who have held seats on the Committee, 26 have been men (72.2%) and only 10 have been women (27.8%), reflecting that throughout the Committees history, States have regularly elected a ratio of three men to one woman. This continual gender disparity within elections culminated last year with the composition of the Committee including 17 men and only 1 woman, making the CRPD Committee the Treaty Body with the greatest gender disparity.​ Read full statement on IDA website