I became Homeless in early 2004.
This is what I had to say about it – again.
So I did along with other related issues including racism in disability activism.
On Day 3 (July 17th), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considered the seventh periodic report of the United Kingdom on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
This is the day we were building towards with the oral presentations, lunch presentations – we gave the CEDAW committee our concerns to help them formulate questions to the those representing the UK government – the panel was led by Helene Reardon-Bond, Director of Policy, Government Equalities Office. The delegation of the United Kingdom in the room included representatives of the Government Equalities Office, the Home Office, the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations at Geneva, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.
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written July 14th 2013
Last week the Disability Intergroup* of the European Parliament met for the launch of a new report on Women and Disability prepared by rapporteur Angelika Werthmann (MEP). In her introductory speech Ms Werthmann explained the initiative had sprung from a (non-disabled) women’s group concerned to further include disabled women in their focus, but that for her (and many in the womens group), disability was an entirely new subject so preparing the report had been a learning curve. Personally I felt a bit wary of what she might say initially, but then before she expanded her presentation she made a specific invitation to Intergroup members and attendees to consider sending her further amendments which would be factored in the final publication.
Her report highlights the specific barriers to full participation and inclusion in society faced by disabled women, and was warmly welcomed by all attending…
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We set off in the morning with the IWRAW group by bus to the UN Palais de Nations. We were unable to go in with the others however because apparently we were not registered inspite of having the emails which said we should be. however we were not the only ones, Elizabeth Sclater, of the older women’s delegation was also in the same boat.
When we got our badges we went in and was in time to join the young people, Big Voices group to do the building tour. There were some impressive rooms.
More importantly we joined the others for lunch to discuss final details for the oral presentations. We had about 10 mins in all for UK, and presentations were to be given by England, Scotland and N Ireland, Wales was not able to come. We were also given information about who was in the CEDAW panel and…
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Today we met up with Charlotte in the IWRAW training on how to approach the UN systems – how best to lobby.
After which we had a meeting on how to make our oral presentation to the CEDAW committee. Given we only have one hour for 4 countries, 10 mins for the whole of the UK (if we understood it right) we need to be very precise.
We reconvened at dinner time with the other UK working group members to agree on a single joint statement and strategy for the very tight schedule. The priority areas we all agree on are the intersectional aspects of the erosion of women’s rights and access to justice.
“No ability to exhaust domestic law renders CEDAW meaningless” Cris McCurley from NE Women Network
” It is essential that disabled women are represented in processes like CEDAW reporting as too often our experience as disabled women is invisible, this is an opportunity to change this and show how the cuts and legal changes are affecting us”
– says Zara Todd, Sisters of Frida steering group member.
For the first time, disabled women (Sisters of Frida) will take part with other women’s groups from the UK in Geneva to address the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) so as to highlight the problems impacting on women’s equality in the UK and what our Government must be examined on, and held to account over, by the UN. This is a unique opportunity for women to raise the key issues they are facing with the UN and the eyes of the world will be on the UK and their progress on women.
“Be careful who you follow because you never know where they will lead you”
~Mark Hancock, “Third Wave (Experiment)” Student