Women’s Committee

What is the Women's Committee?

EDF Women’s Committee is composed of 10 members coming from all over Europe and representing different groups of women with disabilities. A new committee is elected every four years at EDF's General Assembly. The current committee has been elected for 2017-2021.

The role of the Committee is to mainstream gender in all our policies and documents, to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls with disabilities and to work towards the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in society in accordance with the Madrid Declaration on women and girls with disabilities adopted in November 2008.

The Women’s Committee ensures that our work towards the European Union and United Nations level takes into account the perspective of women and girls with disabilities. They meet twice a year, one time prior to the European Day of Persons with Disabilities organised by the European Commission in Brussels.

Involvement in the feminist movement

The Women's Committee also supports our participation in the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). We have been a member of EWL since 2000 and have a place in their Board.

In 2018, Women's Committee member Pirkko Mahlamäki was elected to the Executive Committee of the European Women's Lobby. The Women's Committee members also represent us as speakers and delegates to conferences and participate in events and meetings at the national, European and international level.

The Committee also actively promotes the EU’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) as a step to combating violence against women and girls with disabilities. We are supporting European Women's Lobby petition "Rise up against violence!" calling for the EU to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Current work

The Committee currently leads EDF involvement in the review of the Beijing Platform of Action – a global agenda for women’s rights. At the EU level, the Committee provides its expertise for regarding the next Gender Equality Strategy and Disability Strategy. The Committee also inform EDF's alternative report to the EU on issues of women and girls with disabilities.

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