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Historical election at the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women as Ana Peláez Narváez becomes the first woman with a disability to hold a seat on the Committee

Ana Peláez Narváez, Vice-President of the European Disability Forum, has been elected as a member of  the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Ms Peláez Narváez’s election represents the first time in the Committee’s 37 year history that a woman with a disability has been elected member. The CEDAW is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It consists of 23 independent experts on women’s rights across the world.

Ana Peláez Narváez is currently Vice-President of the European Disability Forum and Chairperson of its Women’s Committee. She worked for 8 years in the Committee for the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, where she already acted in the defense of the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Last year, she spoke at our annual conference in Montenegro on 'How we can promote Supportive Communities'.

Ms Peláez Narváez wants to “open a door, not only as an individual but accompanied by the millions of voices of women with disabilities, which are invisible to date”.
 
To find more information abour Ms Peláez Narváez’s election click here.