Write a letter to the Executive Director of UN Women and to the CEDAW Committee encouraging them to ensure inclusion of women and girls with disabilities as leaders in work on women, peace and security as well as violence against women and all aspects of gender equality. The importance of ensuring the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities is strongly reinforced by the joint study of the World Health Organization and the World Bank, just released 9 June 2011, “World Report on Disability,” which has dramatically increased the worldwide estimate of the prevalence of disability from 10% to 15% of the population, as well as an increased estimate of the numbers of women and girls with disabilities, especially in situations of conflict. Globally, women make up three-fourths of persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries. Women and girls with disabilities are a part of all societies and need to be part of the solution in advancing the human rights of all and shaping how societies affect their lives. Snail mail and email addresses are provided below and please copy WomenEnabled@gmail.org on your message.
New York, NY 10017, USA
Ms. Michelle Bachelet
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director
UN Women New York Office
304 East 45th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017 USA