The International Women with Disabilities Conference opened on June 27th, 2012 at 3pm Spanish time. This three-day conference is hosted by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI) and is taking place at the ONCE (Spanish National Organization of the Blind) Sports and Culture Center in Madrid, Spain. This year’s theme is “Challenges in the new millennium for women with disabilities.”
This international conference brings together 300 experts in disability and gender from different spheres, including the disability movement, the political sphere, civil society, and academia. These experts will discuss a wide range of topics that include women with disabilities in UN human rights treaties, the sexual and reproductive rights of women with disabilities, and violence against women and girls with disabilities. Some of the experts speaking at the conference are: Yannis Vardakastanis, President, European Disability Forum; Diane Richler, President, International Alliance; Luis Cary Pérez Bueno, President, CERMI; Jorge Araya, Secretary to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Katrine Wilms Andersen, Denmark’s Minister of Social Affairs and Integration; Ola Abu Alghaib, Stars of Hope; and Christian Ryan, Women with Disabilities Australia.