Concluding Observation (Women with Disabilities)UNCRPD's Concluding Observations on the initial report of the Philippines
- Concluding Observations
- Women with Disabilities
- Women with disabilities (art. 6)
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12.The Committee is concerned about:
(a)The overall lack of information about the situation of women and girls with disabilities, in particular their access to social protection and an adequate standard of living, and their economic and employment conditions, and enjoyment of political rights by women with disabilities;
(b) The overall exclusion of women with disabilities, in particular women and girls with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, as well as those from indigenous peoples and other ethnic and religious minorities, in decision-making processes concerning matters affecting them.
13.The Committee recommends that the State party take into account the Committee’s general comment No. 3 (2016) on women and girls with disabilities and:
(a) Strengthen data collection and publication of the human rights situation of women and girls with disabilities with a view to developing the appropriate policies to combat sex and gender-based discrimination;
(b) Ensure that general legislation about gender equality and disabilityrelated legislation mainstream the rights of women and girls with disabilities. The State party should reinforce the application of the Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators on gender equality and women’s empowerment in all processes related to legislation and public policy reform;
(c) Ensure that the Philippine Commission on Women, and the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines allocate specific human, technical and budgetary resources for the advancement of the rights of women and girls with disabilities, and promote full participation of organizations of women with disabilities in their work;
(d) Undertake consultations with women and girls with disabilities with a view to using these as a basis for implementing law reform and policy changes, with particular attention to their family lives, education, health services, employment and all forms of gender-based violence against women, as well as discriminatory practices;
(e) Consider the obligations of the Convention in implementing measures to achieve targets 5.1, 5.2 and 5.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Committee is concerned about the high level of gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities, including sexual violence and abuse. In particular, it is concerned about the research data of organizations of persons with disabilities, which show that rape cases filed by women and girls who are deaf or hard of hearing outnumber all other types of complaints of women with disabilities, by a factor of 10 to 1. It is further concerned about violence against women and girls with psychosocial disabilities, as they are overrepresented in the Supreme Court cases about gender-based violence.
The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Establish a time frame and a strategy to protect women and girls with disabilities against all forms of gender-based violence, and prohibit all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities, including violence within the family;
(b) Provide women and girls with disabilities with accessible information and reporting mechanisms to detect, prevent and combat all forms of violence, including sexual violence against women and girls with disabilities;
(c) Adopt measures to provide women with disabilities with redress in cases of violence, including access to rehabilitation, and compensation.
- Philippine Observatory on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities