Sisters of Frida is part of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) which consists of the Alliance for Inclusive Education, the British Deaf Association, Disabled People Against Cuts, Equal Lives, Equalities National Council, Inclusion London, Shaping Our Lives and the TUC – in writing a shadow report for the UNCRPD.

We will be bringing our experience from our CEDAW report writing and experience in Geneva to the table.

Sisters of Frida has submitted CRPD general discussion on women and girls with disabilities as part of the UK CEDAW working group. It is obvious that there is much intersection between CEDAW and CRPD and we should use both instruments and contribute as disabled women to the shadow reports.

To follow the process we shall also be posting links of interest and other information as we go along.


Joint DPO submission on Disabled Women for the Human Rights Committee’s review of the United Kingdom

June 2015 

Joint DPO submission on United Kingdom to HRCttee (word doc)

this document was referred by the IDA in their submission  – General Comment on women with disabilities CRPD call for submissions on its General Comment on women with disabilities (article 6)

IDA submission on draft GC on article (word doc)

The Concluding Observations adopted by the CRPD Committee during its 11th session on Sweden ( 12-4-2014)

11)The Committee is concerned that systems for dealing with cases of intersectional discrimination, for example disability combined with gender or ethnicity, require more development.

12) The Committee recommends that the State party examine the appropriateness of the current structure used to deal with situations of intersectional discrimination.
Women with disabilities (art. 6)
13) The Committee is concerned that there is little knowledge about whether women with disabilities are discriminated against because of their gender, and to which degree women and girls with disabilities are discriminated against compared to men and boys. It is further concerned that studies, policies, or action plans concerning persons with disabilities do not include a gender perspective.
14) The Committee recommends the State party to ensure that the perspective of gender and disability permeate its legislation and policies, surveys, plans, implementation, evaluation and monitoring activities, or its services. It further recommends that the State party adopt effective and specific measures to prevent intersectional forms of discrimination against women and girls with disabilities.

you can also
Watch the treaty bodies sessions live for Sweden CRPD Session 11: Sweden, 31 March – 1 April 2014
English Audio (quite a few questions on Article 6, one from Diane Mulligan on disabled women of ethnic minorities)
For an example of an alternative report

Alternative report of the Germany CRPD Alliance (BRK Allianz) and submission on the list of issues on Germany

And report from Australia




3-4 SEPTEMBER 2013, GENEVA CSPRG_Australia_CRPD10 (Word Doc)


UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

9th Session, Geneva, 15–19 April 2013

Half-day of General Discussion on Women and Girls with Disabilities – 17 April 2013 (12:00-6:00 pm)


Disability Rights Litigation

CRPD Committee views on communications lodged under the Optional Protocol

IDA (International Disability Alliance)  monitors the views adopted by the CRPD Committee on communications and produces case summaries of those decisions. In addition, IDA is supporting DPOs to lodge communications to the CRPD Committee under the Optional Protocol and has compiled a factsheet on this. Further information is also available on how to lodge communications and inquiries before the other UN treaty bodies.


UK ‘is first country to face UN inquiry into disability rights violations’ 15 Aug 2014

UN to investigate UK ‘grave violations’ of disability rights 6 Oct 2014


From Disability Awareness in Action

“STOP THE WORLD – WE WANT TO GET ON!” is designed to meet a great need for another resource kit that would provide a framework for disabled people in providing training to their colleagues within their DPOs – specifically on human rights – and help them to take the appropriate action to support rights for disabled people.

This manual is based on DAA’s previous wide experience and the outcomes of intensive trainings.

It includes:

  • practical uses of our human rights
  • examples of real cases both in Europe and the UK
  • suggestions on how to be an ally
  • advice for trainers

Human Rights is a huge subject and has become very technical and legal. We have tried to simplify and give you theimportant points in their relevant contexts.

To download “STOP THE WORLD – WE WANT TO GET ON!” click on one of the links below,



Easy to Read Versions of CRPD

From the EHRC

Cases of note

Elaine Macdonald case

Ex-ballerina forces ‘landmark’ ruling in social care, charity says

(20 May2014)

Unlawful removal of night-time care was breach of human rights, rules European court

 (Article updated 11am, 22 May)


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  1. Pingback: CEDAW and CRPD -building the links - Eleanor Lisney

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