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General Comment No. 3 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 6: Women and girls with disabilities (2016)

United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities International Human Rights Instruments and Resources General Comments of UN Treaties United Nations 25 November 2016 Policy document CRPD/C/GC/3 CRPD, human rights

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The present general comment was prepared by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in accordance with rule 47 of its rules of procedure, which states that the Committee may prepare general comments based on the various articles and provisions of the Convention with a view to assisting States parties in fulfilling their reporting obligations, and with paragraphs 54-57 of its working methods.

There is strong evidence to show that women and girls with disabilities face barriers in most areas of life. These barriers create situations of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls with disabilities, in particular with regard to: equal access to education, economic opportunities, social interaction and justice; equal recognition before the law; and the ability to participate in politics and to exercise control over their own lives across a range of contexts, for example with regard to health care, including sexual and reproductive health services, and to where and with whom they wish to live.


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