Enabling political participation of women with disabilities as the focus of OSCE/ODIHR event

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Enabling political participation of women with disabilities as the focus of OSCE/ODIHR event

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Promoting the full and equal participation of women with disabilities in political and public life was the focus of discussions at a conference organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Vienna on 16 and 17 April 2018.

Over 90 parliamentarians and representatives of OSCE delegations, academia and civil society, including women’s networks and disabled people’s organizations, participated in the event.

“Ensuring equal opportunities for and the full inclusion of women in society is the responsibility of each OSCE participating State,” said Katarzyna Gardapkhadze, First Deputy Director of ODIHR. “This includes making sure that no one is left behind, that no one falls victim to discrimination, and that all women can use their potential and abilities to the benefit of their communities.”

The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the underrepresentation of women with disabilities in decision-making positions, political parties and parliaments across the OSCE region, and to generate recommendations to enable their full and effective participation.

Click here to read the full article published by the OSCE on 17 April 2018.

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