Gunta Anca (Secretary)

The Latvian Umbrella Body for Disability Organisations (SUSTENTO)

Gunta Anca has been a proactive disability rights activist throughout her career. Since 2002, she is the Chair of the Latvian Umbrella Body for Disability Organisations (Sustento).

Since 2005, she is a Board member within the European Disability Forum. She is also very active in promoting gender equality not only in her capacity of member of the EDF Women’s Committee, but also since 2006 she is Board member of the European Women’s Lobby (the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU)).

Since 2006, she is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. It has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.

Since 2008, she is Advisor in the Disability Rights Fund - a collaboration between donors and the disability community to advance the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The members of the Panel come from five continents and reflect a broad cross-section of the disability community.