The Spanish Ana Peláez Narváez, this week has submitted her candidacy to join the CEDAW (United Nations Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), in order to defend the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide.
This candidacy would make Mrs. Peláez the first person with disabilities within this international Committee. It is therefore a historic opportunity to give a voice to women and girls with disabilities in a UN treaty body.
For almost twenty years, she has directed and advised governments, civil society and other stakeholders to ensure the full inclusion of all women and girls with disabilities in their initiatives and policies. Since 2010 she has participated as a representative of women with disabilities in Spain and Europe, in the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
It should be noted that Mrs. Peláez has attended the two meetings of the high-level political forum on sustainable development held to date, and in 2017 addressed the forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) n ° 5 on behalf of civil society. She defends that only by recognizing and directing the needs and demands of women and girls with disabilities will it be possible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and more specifically, SDG No. 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Currently, Ana Peláez Narváez is the director of International Relations at ONCE, executive vice president of the ONCE Foundation for Latin America (FOAL) and executive vice president of the CERMI Women Foundation, as well as gender commissioner of CERMI and vice president of the European Disability Forum (EDF).
To promote this candidacy, the #disabilityforCEDAW campaign has been launched on social media and the website http://bit.ly/2Dm2wgI has been activated.