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Webinar: Left behind? Women with disabilities during COVID-19

Date and time:
Friday 19th of June, 2-3:30 pm (CET)



Women with disabilities constitute 16% of the total population of women in the European Union, and 60% of the overall population of 100 million persons with disabilities. This corresponds to an estimated 60 million of women and girls with disabilities; equivalent to the total population of Italy.

Women and girls with disabilities face multiple and intersectional discrimination in all areas of life, including, socio-economic disadvantages, social isolation, violence against women, forced sterilisation and abortion, lack of access to community services, low quality housing, institutionalisation, inadequate healthcare and denial of the opportunity to contribute and engage actively in society. Women with disabilities are also two to five times more likely to face violence.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, discrimination, abuses and human rights violations against women and girls with disabilities have worsened. 

What are the specific issues faced by women and girls with disabilities during the pandemic?

How can we ensure that intersectionality be a mandatory component to the response to the pandemic to ensure that no women and girls are left behind?


The webinar will aim to:

  • Outline the specific issues faced by women and girls with disabilities during the pandemic
  • Discuss with EU actors and partners, including women’s organisations, how to work together to protect the rights of all women during and after the pandemic
  • Share good practices and learnings on how to ensure responses to the pandemic are inclusive of women and girls with disabilities

Moderator: Ana Peláez Narváez, Vice-President, European Disability Forum


  • Opening and setting the scene – Ana Peláez Narváez, Vice-President, European Disability Forum
  • Updates on situation of women and girls with disabilities – Luisa Bosisio Fazzi, Member of EDF’s board and women’s committee
  • Good practice on actions taken during the pandemic – Isabel Caballero Pérez, Coordinator of CERMI Women’s Foundation
  • Response to the pandemic by the European women’s movement – Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of European Women’s Lobby
  • Collecting data on women with disabilities – European Institute on Gender Equality (tbc)
  • The impact of pandemic on the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy – Gender Equality Unit of the European Commission (tbc)
  • Recommendations on next steps:
    • Evelyn Regner, chair of the European Parliament FEMM Committee (tbc)
    • Head of the UN Women Liaison Office to the European Union (tbc)

Q&A / open floor (30 minutes)


·         Marine Uldry, EDF Human Rights Officer (


The webinar will provide International Sign interpretation and real-time captioning (English). The webinar will be recorded and shared later for those who cannot join.


  • For information or question on content, please contact Marine Uldry, Human Rights Officer:
  • For technical questions or issues, please contact Raquel Riaza, Events and Administration Officer: