Advancing the Intersections of Women’s, Children’s, and Disability Rights in the Domestic, Regional, and International ArenasJanuary 2009: Bangladesh
In partnership with the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association and with funding from OSI, WCW developed a pioneering conference on Implementing the CRPD in Bangladesh. For the first time, this initiative mobilized women, children, and disability rights groups together to focus on revising the current disability welfare law, to challenge discrimination based on multiple grounds of gender and disability, and build common cause on reporting to human rights treaties on the status of women and children with disabilities.
High ranking government members including the Attorney General of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Social Welfare participated in the conference.
Major Result: The conference recommendations provided the impetus for the government to initiate the law revision process in compliance with the new treaty. WCW’s partners are working with the government in leading the law revision process.
A major recommendation is for the quota for women in parliament to include two women with disabilities.