The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has published the Shadow Report in advance of the examination of Ireland’s combined sixth and seventh periodic reports under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Inclusion Ireland was a contributor to this report.
The report notes that:
"The struggle for women’s equality has not concentrated to any significant degree on the particular needs of disabled women or on the specific strategies required to address their concerns."
There is criticism of the lack of dis-aggregated data and the time take to reform the law of sexual offences.
There are recommendations that:
• Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC) to increase their work with equality focused NGOs so as to strengthen its work to address discrimination against women and women facing multiple discrimination.
• Ireland ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
• Ireland provide information on measures to ensure that asylum seeking women and girls, undocumented women and girls, young women and girls with disabilities and other vulnerable groups have adequate access to reproductive health information and services, including in relation to abortion.
IHREC will launch their overview on CEDAW on Wednesday, February 8th and Inclusion Ireland is preparing the Easy-to-Read guide to that document.