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Belgian Disability Forum

United Nations Committee, a new recommendation (2017)


In July 2017, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women adopted Recommendation 35:

This recommendation contains a large number of provisions dealing directly and in particular with women and young girls with disabilities, denouncing:

  • medical treatments of women and young girls with disabilities without any form of consent, for example forced sterilizations
  • forms of guardianship and the deprivation of legal capacity. 

The Committee also calls upon the States to develop mechanisms to protect women and young girls with disabilities, including the removal of communication barriers, and to disseminate useful information regarding the respect of their rights and means of subsistence.