Women’s Committee

EDF Committee on Women with Disabilities has 10 members coming from all over Europe and representing different groups of persons with disabilities. A new committee is elected every four years. The next elections will take place at EDF's General Assembly in 2017.

The Women’s Committee’s role is to mainstream gender in all EDF policies and documents, to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls with disabilities and to work towards the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in society in accordance with the Madrid Declaration on women and girls with disabilities adopted in November 2008.

The Women’s Committee ensures that EDF's work towards the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) level takes into account the perspective of women and girls with disabilities. It is currently actively promoting the EU’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) as a step to combating violence against women and girls with disabilities.

The Women's Committee also supports EDF's participation in the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). EDF is a member of EWL since 2000 and has a place in their Board. The Women's Committee members may also represent EDF as speakers and delegates to conferences and have participated in many events and meetings both at the national, European and international level.

The Committee meets once a year and has a timetable of actions and shared responsibilities among its members. In the past years, the Women's Committee met in Madrid, Riga and Athens and participated in conferences on women with disabilities organised by EDF member organisations.