FEEDBACK – Humanity & Inclusion at the Conference of State Parties (CoSP)

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In June, a delegation from HI attended the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York, to present its work on women and girls with disabilities, disaggregation of data by disability and humanitarian action, among others.

It also resulted into celebration for the election of two HI partners to the CRDP Committee: Gertrude (Getty) Oforiwa Fefoame from Ghana and Miyeon Kim from South Korea. They are two of the six women elected out of nine new members of the CRPD Committee – for a more gender balanced representation!

Why did HI attend the CoSP this year?

HI changed its name to Humanity & Inclusion, but it does not mean a change in our mandate and social mission, which includes supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. This message was delivered, loud and clear, to the CoSP members and other participants to the general debate by Judith Heumann, newly appointed member of the HI US Board of Directors. (Read the statement at: http://www.hi-us.org/cosp_2018_humanity_inclusion_statement)

COSP 2018 Judith heumann

Judith Heumann, newly appointed member of the HI US Board of Directors.

The CoSP was also an opportunity for HI to present some of the projects that support the global commitment to “leave no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” – the theme of this year’s Conference.

HI supported the organisation of a side event on “Persons with Disabilities in Emergency Settings: Ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities within humanitarian emergencies and peacebuilding processes”, together with the Mission of Poland, International Disability Alliance (IDA), and CBM. It was the occasion for the Polish Ambassador to the UN, Mr Wronecka, to share Polish interest to ensure better reflection on persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, peace and peacebuilding within the work of the UN Security Council. It was also an opportunity for UNICEF to distribute the Guidelines on including children with disabilities in humanitarian action supported by HI.

During another side event on ‘Disability Data: Exploring the use of the Washington Group Questions in programmatic, humanitarian and development settings’, co-organised together with Leonard Cheshire, IDA, UNICEF and UK DFID, Ulrike Last shared HI experience and expertise in using the Washington Group short set of questions on disability in humanitarian contexts (for more information).

COSP 2018 Sophie Pecourt

Sophie Pécourt, Making it Work, presenting a new publication on the intersectionality of Gender and Disability.

Moreover, HI co-organised a side event on “Intersectionality of Gender and Disability”, together with the Disability Rights Fund (DRF), IDA, the African Disability Forum, Syracuse University, UN Women East and Southern Africa, Global Affairs Canada, Australian DFAT and UK DFID. It was the opportunity to launch the latest report by the Making It Work project on “Gender and disability intersectionality in practice: Women and girls with disabilities addressing discrimination and violence in Africa” (for more information).