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Majority women elected to the CRPD Committee

The World Blind Union is pleased with the election of six women out of the nine candidates elected to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), today 12 June, 2018.  This marks a significant achievement for women’s empowerment in the disability community as they breakthrough the existing gender disparity within the composition of the Committee which previously included 17 men and only 1 woman.

"We are delighted that majority of the new members are women. We believe that this provides the opportunity to restore gender balance in the committee and ensure full inclusion and representation of women and girls with disabilities", says Mr. Jose Viera, the CEO of the World Blind Union.

The elections were conducted at the UN headquarters in New York during the11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD taking place June 12-14, 2018.

The newly elected women to the CRPD Committee include: Ms Gertrude Fefoame (Ghana), Ms Rosemary Kayess (Australia), Ms. Mi Yeon Kim (Republic of Korea), Ms Mara Gabrilli (Brazil), Ms Risnawati Utami (Indonesia) and Ms Amalia Gamio (Mexico).

The WBU Congratulates all the elected members and urges the new Committee to fast track full participation and inclusion of women and girls with visual disabilities in the global development agenda.

For more details about the CRPD Committee Elections​, visit IDA website.

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