Babies stolen from disabled mothers
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THERE is concern over the treatment of women with daisabilities in the continent amid revelations they were forced into sterilization and had their children forcibly taken away.
This is among violations of their control over their sexual and reproductive rights.
Rights groups reported local states too often failed to uphold their obligations with regard to women and girls with disabilities, treating them or allowing them to be treated as helpless objects of pity, subjecte to hostility and exclusion, instead of empowering them to enjoy their fundamental human rights and freedoms.
“Policies for women have traditionally made disability invisible, and disabilities policies have overlooked gender. But if you are a woman or a girl with disabilities, you face discrimination and barriers because you are female, because you are disabled, and because you are female and disabled,” said Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(CRPD) member, Theresia Degener.
To help to address this, the committee has issued guidance for the states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on how they can promote the empowerment of women with disabilities to enable them to participate in all spheres of life on an equal basis with others.
Committee Chairperson, María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, is hopeful states will review their laws and practices to achieve greater recognition and fulfilment of the human rights of women and girls with disabilities.
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