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International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UN and related reports

December 16, 2022 at 3:18 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -

December 3 marked the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In this news story we highlight recent recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as related reports.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people. The theme for 2022 is "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world."

This year the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities looked at New Zealand's progress on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Following this examination, the UN Committee published their Concluding observations on the combined second and third periodic reports of New Zealand (CRPD/C/NZL/CO/2-3) in September 2022.

The Committee made more than 50 recommendations in their concluding observations. Specific to article 16 of the Convention (Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse) the Committee raised concerns about the high rates of violence experienced by disabled people, noting the high levels of gender-based violence experienced by women and girls with disabilities, including Māori and Pasifika women and girls with disabilities. The Committee also noted concern that "The National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence is gender-neutral in relation to its focus on persons with disabilities."

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Category: Disability