Ana Peláez becomes first woman with blindness elected to the CEDAW Committee (Global Outlook 09/23)

September 7, 2023 5:50 am Published by

Ana Peláez in a white blouse smiling at the camera. Picture courtesy of her Twitter profile

Ana Peláez Narváez from Spain, Vice-President of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and blind from birth, was elected to the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) becoming the first women with a disability to be appointed to this position in the Committee’s 37-year history.


“It is an immense honor for me to be the new President of the CEDAW Committee of @UN , a position that I assume with humility, responsibility and commitment,” posted Pelaez, adding, “My thanks to WEOG and all the experts of the CEDAW Committee for their trust and support.“ Read here post here: X Profile of Ana Pelaez


Ana Peláez Narváez, executive vice president of the Cermi Woman Foundation and High Commissioner for Solidarity and International Cooperation of the ONCE Social Group and vice president of the ONCE Foundation for Latin America (FOAL), was elected this February president of the UN Committee for the Cedaw Committee and became the first Spaniard to access this relevant international responsibility.


The Spanish representative, born with minimal vision that she soon lost, managed to gather broad support from all the signatory countries of said committee of which she has been a member since February 2019, being the first woman with a disability to be part of this treaty body. 

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This post was written by Fridah Mlemwa