Using technology to bring together women and gender minorities with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Date:
17 June 2022

The 15th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD COSP15) will be scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 14 to 16  June 2022, during which an election of nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities will be conducted.

Theme and sub-themes of the Conference:

Overarching theme: Building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond

  • Sub theme 1: Innovation and technology advancing disability rights
  • Sub theme 2: Economic empowerment and entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities
  • Sub theme 3: Participation of persons with disabilities in climate action, disaster risk reduction and resilience against natural disasters.

This event, Using technology to bring together women and gender minorities with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held on June 17 at 10:00 am EST. It will highlight how women and gender minorities with disabilities used technology to build movements working at the intersection of disability and gender and what challenges remain in building these movements during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will seek to answer: What was the importance of developing online movement building amid the pandemic? And the challenges? What opportunities stemmed from it? What techniques were used to create a community online? What barriers did you experience in using technology to convene during the pandemic and how did you overcome them? Who has been left behind by the switch to digital meeting spaces? How can we reach them? The event will bring forward the voices of advocates with disabilities and their representative organizations in a roundtable discussion to encourage movement-building of women and gender minorities with disabilities as the pandemic continues and beyond. There will be a Q&A by the end of it. The event is co-sponsored by CREA and Women Enabled International.