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EESC announces opinion on the situation of women with disabilities

At its 536th plenary session, held on 11th and 12th July 2018, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on the situation of women with disabilities. The opinion looks into the situation of women with disabilities in the EU and propose some recommendations to improve it.

The EU and its Member States currently lack a strong legal framework to protect, promote and ensure all human rights of all women and girls with disabilities. The opinion states that The EU and its Member States do not sufficiently consult and fund representative organisations of women and girls with disabilities.
The opinion included recommendations that:

  • Both EU and national level, the necessary measures should be taken to set up a structured dialogue with an independent budget line sufficient to guarantee meaningful consultation with and participation of persons with disabilities, including women, girls and boys with disabilities, through their representative organisations in the implementation and monitoring of the CRPD.
  • The EU and the Member States should take all measures to ensure that women and girls with disabilities have equal access to disability-specific healthcare services for persons with disabilities, as well as to accessible mainstream services. All women and girls with disabilities must be able to exercise their legal capacity by taking their own decisions, with support when desired, with regard to medical and/or therapeutic treatment, including by taking their own decisions on retaining their fertility and reproductive autonomy

The entire document can be read here.