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Turning the Table: Capacities of Women and Girls with Disabilities to Implement the SDGs and Respond to COVID-19 - COSP13 Side Event
30 Nov 2020 -  Speakers
Welcome remarks:
H.E. Ambassador Alexander Marschik, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations
Moderation:
Yetnebersh Nigussie, Senior Manager, Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network
Panel Discussion:
H.E. Ambassador Jukka Salovaara, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations and President of the Bureau of the Executive Board of UN Women
H.E. Hon. Alexia Manombe-Ncube, Deputy Minister for Disability Affairs, Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Republic of Namibia
Dolores Mattossovich, Programme Manager at Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Burkina Faso
Robinah Alambuya, Vice President of the African Disability Forum
Rosario Galarza, Human Rights Officer at the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS)
Background
19.2% of all women and girls live with a disability. They are most likely to experience violence (70%), least likely to be literate (45%), and least likely to be employed (19.6%). Still, their voices are marginalized in national and international discussions on the CRPD and the SDGs. COVID 19 reinforces these inequalities.
Capacity is a precondition to participate meaningfully in implementation and monitoring of the CRPD and the SDGs, particularly in the context of COVID-19. There are multiple approaches to strengthen the capacities of women and girls with disabilities, such as strengthening organizations of women with disabilities, supporting international institutions to better include women and girls with disabilities or mentoring female SDG advocates.
In a panel interview format, this session will familiarise participants with concrete examples of such capacity-building. The event will be accessible, with simultaneous ISL translation and real-time CART services provided.