Find below the interview to Ana Peláez:
Mi name is Ana Peláez Narváez and I´m the candidate of Spain to the Committee of the CEDAW. This Committee is responsible for monitoring the Convention that fights against all forms of Discrimination against Women. I am surely a candidate because of the experience I had previously working for many years in the CRPD Committee, which is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
During the first two terms and the previous time of the negotiation of this Convention, I have been working in the defense of the rights of women and girls with disabilities. An invisible population exposed to all possible forms of discrimination and that according to UN Women, As it says on its website, accounts for approximately one fifth of the female population in general, Which means that one in five women have a disability or will have at some point in his life.
Despite being a population that, as I say, amounts to approximately 600 million women and girls around the world, Who are women and girls with disabilities, general policies aimed at disability do not take into account their specific needs, nor do they make policies in general that address women’s issues or gender equality issues.
A population, that of women and girls with disabilities, made invisible during years of history in all human rights instruments that appeal for equality and non-discrimination.
Proof of this is, for example, that the current committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which is a body of 18 places, 17 of them are occupied by men and only one woman is part of that body.
Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the CEDAW and to date there has never been a woman with a disability in life. Never in the life the disability has been in a different environment from the CRPD.
It seems that the only place that corresponds to us is that, that of disability, because it is also the way in which society has to recognize and consider women and girls with disabilities We are not really considered women, we are considered disabled because the main role that society continues to grant a woman is that of motherhood and the care of future generations.
We, women with disabilities, do not have that right to motherhood in many cases because of the fear that society, the family, have that we can transmit disability to our generations. Neither because of disability are we prepared, this is how we look socially, to take care of our children and our daughters.
And for that reason we are not granted that social value that the community in general recognizes women and therefore we are not women, we are disabled.
With this candidacy, which is not only a candidacy of Spain, but is the desperate cry of those 600 million women and girls with disabilities who have never had the opportunity to raise their voice before any body. That joint candidacy we are doing between Spain and the international disability alliance.
What we intend is to open a door in the Committee of the CEDAW to enter the disability. Disability is something that should permeate the structure of the United Nations, the human rights treaty bodies.
Because disability is part of human diversity and is thus considered and demonstrated in these demographic specifications, which, for example, brings to light UN women.
If I were a member of the CEDAW Committee, I would first provide that cumulative 8-year experience of two consecutive terms in the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Working because women and girls were considered.
That expertise of this disability is necessary to contribute to the CEDAW Committee so that it understands that part of the human diversity of women is constituted by women and girls with disabilities. For me, secondly, it is very important to directly relate the work of the CEDAW Committee with the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 5, gender equality
But not only Goal 5, the reduction of poverty, hunger 0, health issues, education, employment… They are fundamental not only for women with disabilities, but also for other women made invisible by being victims of multiple discriminations that we are never able to reach with the public policies that are developed. And in that sense, the CEDAW Committee has to open up to that consideration of human diversity, for me. Third, it is also necessary to work with a much more holistic, more integrated, more coherent approach within the United Nations treaty body system.
It seems as if each organ of the treaty worked in its corner with its own convention, without taking into consideration the work of other treaty bodies, and that often results in the states parties of the different conventions receiving totally orientations and contradictory recommendations, well because they come from one organ or another.
The proximity between committees is something that I can also put in value in the incorporation to the Committee of the CEDAW coming directly from the Committee of the CRPD. It is a value that I believe I am able to contribute, but above all, I want to open a door, not in a unipersonal way but accompanied by the thousands of voices of women with disabilities, which as I say, are invisible to date
I want to open the door to the CEDAW committee for disability. Next year, CEDAW commemorates its 40th anniversary, 40 years of a convention that fights against any form of discrimination a woman suffers, much more if she has a disability.
We, women and girls with disabilities from all over the world, with the support of the international disability alliance and all the member organizations, want to be considered as who we are, women and girls on equal terms with our sisters without disabilities.
That is my purpose and for that I ask for support for this candidacy.
Thank you very much.