According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately one billion persons with disabilities worldwide. This amounts to approximately 15 per cent of the population, half of them women. At the same time, persons with disabilities remain largely under-represented in democratic structures and national parliaments across the OSCE region. Among those elected and appointed, even fewer are women with disabilities. To address these issues, on 16 and 17 April, OSCE/ODIHR will organize a conference on Promoting the political participation of women with disabilities. The conference will serve as a platform to raise awareness of the limited participation of women with disabilities in political life and identify positive measures which can facilitate more diverse and inclusive democratic institutions and parliaments, including through ensuring a closer co-operation with women’s networks and organizations.
The event will be attended by prominent activists in the field of disability rights and gender equality, OSCE delegations from different participating States, politicians with and without disabilities, representatives from disabled people’s organizations and experts from other international organizations. DPOs are provided an opportunity to participate in an NGO fair to present their work.