Women with Disabilities Forum for Action

Under its Project and Campaign “Women with Disabilities Forum for Action,” Samarthyam promote, ensure and uphold rights of girls and women with disabilities.

Goal: Towards building a more just and peaceful world, where everyone lives with dignity, respect, and equality.

Harmonizing CEDAW with UNCRPD

  • Women and girls with disabilities can access their rights w/ equality and justice
  • Ensuring conducive and enabling environment is provided
  • Are not discriminated
  • Be heard and Be seen” through awareness raising and sensitization forums
  • They Must Rise Against Violence

We Promote & Implement

  • Safe Cities
  • Gender Equality in Public transport Systems
  • Gender Budgeting
  • Codes, Standards & Guidelines for safe accessible gender friendly infrastructure
  • Accessible and Gender friendly WASH

Our Achivement

Due to Samarthyam’s advocacy efforts with Committee Members of Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at United Nations, Geneva; for the first time in the history of CEDAW reporting, women with disabilities are included in the CEDAW Concluding Observation, 2014.

Samarthyam has been involved in numerous United Nations consultations on non-handicapping environment, accessible tourism and issues of women and girls with disabilities in the regions.

Samarthyam team has co-authored Guidelines on Protection of Children with Disabilities from exploitation, Violence and Abuse for Government of India. The guidelines are used for amendment of POCSO


“Anjlee did an amazing job in her advocacy. She took part in a discussion on follow up strategies with those Indian NGOs. She is working to ensure that once the recommendations are out that the disability movement together with the women's rights movement can join forces to use them to their optimum in effecting change”..

.....following the CEDAW discussion and the concluding recommendations.  Your interventions have made history, this is great news”.

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