- June 24, 2021

Indigenous women with disabilities are estimated to be 28 million people across the globe. Both persons with disabilities and indigenous persons are over-represented amongst those in poverty. Often living in rural areas, indigenous women and girls with disabilities have limited access to employment, education, and healthcare, which reinforces their marginalization in society, reinforcing their vulnerabilities and disadvantages.

To make their issues and rights visible, the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN) and IDA present a submission before the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to inform their Day of General Discussion in the lead up to a General Recommendation on the rights of Indigenous women and girls. This submission focuses on indigenous women and girls with disabilities and the barriers they face in the enjoyment of their rights. It also presents recommendations to ensure their perspectives are explicitly considered.

This submission reflects consultation with members of the IPWDGN and their members, particularly the Indigenous Person with Disabilities Latin-American Network, Group of Indigenous Peoples supported by RIADIS, Paso a Paso Foundation, Indigenous Person with Disabilities Asia Network, Indigenous Person with Disabilities African Network, Indigenous Person with Disabilities Pacific Network, National Indigenous Disabled Women Association - Nepal (NIDWAN), Narok South Disability Network, and the Pacific Disability Forum.

We hope the issues of millions of women and girls with disabilities can be considered in the upfront of the global discussions and agenda.

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