On Tuesday June 9th, 2020, I participated (Ruth A. Richardson/Board member INLW) in a webinar of UNFCCC: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on:
“Reducing Risk for Women with Disabilities:
Ways Forward for the Covid-19 Response”
COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges faced by persons with disabilities and especially women.
Recent evidence has demonstrated an increase in violence, inaccessibility of health services, food insecurity and unavailability of support services for women with disabilities.
The Webinar brought together global leaders on disabilities issues to initiate a discourse on identifying the gaps in the Covid-19 response and identifying ways to reduce the risks for women with disabilities.
We need to take more action for people and especially women with disabilities. We also need to do more research on possibilities for alternative work and jobs such as in technology and domestic areas, because a lot of the domestic workers are mostly women.
We need to do more on Social protection and services, because they can give essential services for persons with disabilities.
The webinar has realized the consequences of women with disabilities is to meet this life-threatening situation, it is critical to recognize the risks faced and gaps in the response system. Besides removing barriers to health through accommodative measures, states need to provide social protection that enables independent living and end targeted gender-based violence.
A number of global leaders and members of the UNFCCC are going to investigate about women with disabilities.
Next month the webinar will come together to talk about the outcomes about women with disabilities.
Ruth A. Richardson
INLW Board member