It is with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Soumia Amrani, a Moroccan disability activist and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Soumia Amrani was an important activist, president of the NGO Collectif Autisme Maroc and vice-president of the Moroccan national alliance to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. She was the mother of an autistic daughter. Among many other achievements, she is at the origin of the first university curriculum on autism in Morocco.
In 2020 she was elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and had started her mandate in January.
This year, she had also helped to develop the partnership between Collectif Autisme Maroc and the United Nations Population Fund to work on discrimination based on disability and gender, with a focus on access to information on sexual and reproductive health and rights through digitalisation.
Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President said: “I was distraught to hear about the passing of Soumia. Her death represents a great loss to the disability movement and to the world. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, the Moroccan disability movement and her colleagues in the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”