EDF fully supports Ana Peláez campaign for CEDAW

4 March 2018
EDF board supporting Ana's candidacy

EDF fully supports and endorses the candidacy of Ana Pelaez to the United Nations Committee of Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Ana is presenting a strong plea to include women with disabilities in CEDAW, giving meaning to her campaign motto, #DisabilityforCEDAW.

Elections to the CEDAW Committee will he held at United Nations headquarters in New York on June 7th 2018, and the representatives from the 189 States Parties will have the right to vote. However, civil society’s role in the entire process is crucial as it can have a direct influence on the positions adopted by countries.

This nomination is a historic opportunity for women with disabilities to become visible within the United Nations body responsible for combatting discrimination against women, reaffirming our identity as part of the population of women and expanding disability beyond the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), something which until now has never been achieved. In this respect, it is worth bearing in mind that, according to UN Women, an estimated one in five women in the world lives with a disability **(a population of over 600 million women and girls with disabilities). **A woman with disabilities on the CEDAW Committee is possible!

After serving for two terms on the CRPD, focusing efforts especially on women and girls with disabilities, Ana Pelaez is ready to join the CEDAW Committee as an active member from the very outset. This nomination is in response to calls from disability organisations through the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI), with the endorsement of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).


  • Send a letter in support of of Ana's nomination and the leaflet to your government, addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  • From now and until June 7th, show your support for the nomination on social media using the hashtag #disabilityforCEDAW and the link of the web site.
  • Record a short video message or send photographs highlighting your support for my nomination, if possible using a poster that shows #disabilityforCEDAW.

Disability has been absent during the 37 years of history of the CEDAW Committee, but now having a woman with disabilities on the Committee for the very first time is a real possibility thanks to you.

Please click here to go to Ana's campaign website

"An estimated one in five women live with disabilities and the prevalence of disability is actually higher among women than men (19.2 versus 12 per cent). Contributing factors include the lower economic and social status of women and girls, gender-based violence and harmful or gender-discriminatory practices”. —UN Women

"Laws and policies addressing women have traditionally ignored disability. This invisibility has perpetuated the situation of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls with disabilities”. —General comment No 3, UNCRPD Committee

CANDIDACY PROPOSED BY: Spanish Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

ENDORSED BY: International Disability Alliance.

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