ALERT- Joint submission on promoting and protecting the human rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations | April 14, 2021

Humanity & Inclusion, Human Rights Watch, International Disability Alliance, Women Enabled International and the Women’s Refugee Commission have released a joint submission for the High Commissioner’s report on promoting and protecting the human rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, focusing specifically on women and girls with disabilities. Read the full submission […]

Humanity & Inclusion, Human Rights Watch, International Disability Alliance, Women Enabled International and the Women’s Refugee Commission have released a joint submission for the High Commissioner’s report on promoting and protecting the human rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, focusing specifically on women and girls with disabilities.

Read the full submission

This submission marks the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and in particular around the United Nations’ Security Council Open Debate on Women Peace and Security, which will take place this 14 April.

Women and girls with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by armed conflicts, yet remain under-reported and excluded from peace and security processes. Women and girls with disabilities account for nearly one-fifth of all women and girls worldwide and face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on their gender, as well as their disability. Sustainable peace, recovery and inclusive humanitarian action requires the full, equal and meaningful participation of diverse women, including women and girls with disabilities.

Being a woman and having a disability makes it doubly more difficult. For example, a man can ask for help from a male friend to flee. But in a society like Syria, a woman cannot. If you don’t have an immediate male relative, you cannot just call on a friend to carry you.” – Nujeen Mustafa, Disability Rights Activist, at UN Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria, April 24, 2019

The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, in its report, should request member states, the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, as well as other stakeholders to ensure that monitoring and reporting on the experiences of women and girls in conflicts includes the specific experiences of women and girls with disabilities, and ensure their meaningful participation in conflict prevention, response, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

Main Recommendations:

 To the Human Rights Council and other UN bodies/mechanisms

  • The Human Rights Council and its mechanisms should consistently and meaningfully consult women and girls with disabilities and their representative organizations, including when relevant mechanisms conduct country visits, and ensure their inclusion in conflict prevention and peacekeeping efforts.
  • Resolutions and reports related to conflict and post-conflict situations, including country resolutions, should include an age, gender and disability analysis. When reporting, data should be disaggregated by age, gender and disability at a minimum, to help better understand different protection needs of women and girls with disabilities.
  • The Human Rights Council and special procedure mandate-holders should advocate for an inclusive implementation of the women, peace and security agenda that includes participation and needs of women and girls with disabilities.
  • Investigative bodies should prioritize, monitor and fully investigate human rights abuses targeting women and girls with disabilities, including gender-based violence and ensure that procedures are accessible to women and girls with diverse disabilities, including those with physical, intellectual, psychosocial and sensory disabilities.

 To Member States

  • Include explicit references and allocate resources to women with disabilities and their representative organizations in their National Action Plans on women, peace and security and ensure their inclusion in the drafting process.
  • Ensure the meaningful participation of women with disabilities in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts and ensure accessibility in each and every peace and political process, including by providing accessible information, transport and adequate resources.
  • Use the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to make specific inquiries on the situation and the meaningful participation of women with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict settings.

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