Women and girls with disabilities are at a higher risk of exploitation and may be more at risk of trafficking in persons, including in the context of global migration. Recent reports presented evidence of the direct link between some forms of disability and different patterns of trafficking, such as forced begging and labour exploitative practices. The OHCHR’s thematic study on the issue of violence against women and girls with disabilities reveals that women and girls with disabilities are also likely to face abuses and trafficking in the context of migration, and in particular, in situations of conflict or natural disasters which may force migration and displacement .
Yet, despite the strong evidence that women and girls with disabilities face higher risks of being trafficked, international instruments on the issue, such as the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, fail to address their specific situations.
Objectives and speakers
This webinar, jointly organized by the European Disability Forum and the CERMI Women’s Foundation will inform DPOs and other participants on the relevant instruments and policies to combat trafficking and sexual exploitation in women and girls with disabilities. It will also present exchange of best practices and current state of play in Spain.
The webinar will be conducted and moderated by Ana Peláez Narváez, EDF Vice-President and Executive Vice-President of CERMI Women’s Foundation. Speakers include representatives from EDF and CERMI Women’s Foundation, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), President of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator and representatives from the Spanish justice system.
The webinar will provide English, French and Spanish interpretation and international sign language interpretation. The webinar will be recorded and shared later for those who cannot join.
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The European Disability Forum (EDF) is an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that defends the interests of over 100 million persons with disabilities in Europe. Run by persons with disabilities and their families, EDF is a strong united voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.
The CERMI Women’s Foundation is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to favor the conditions for women and girls with disabilities, as well as women and mothers who assist persons with disabilities, to enjoy fully and on equal terms all the human rights and fundamental freedoms.