Women with disabilities leading climate action

15 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, Women with disabilities leading climate action, will be held on 15 June at 8:30 am EST.

It will highlight the important role women with disabilities are playing in ensuring gender-responsive and disability-inclusive responses to climate action, as laid out in various existing mechanisms. While women with disabilities are often excluded from early warning, relief, or emergency response programs because of inaccessible information and infrastructure. And governments too often don’t include them in climate change or disaster management programs. They are essential leaders in efforts to ensure inclusive responses to climate change and disasters. In this side event, we will hear about the steps being taken by different stakeholders such as the UN, donor agencies, OPDs, and NGOs working at the intersection of climate change, disaster risk reduction, disability, and gender.