Elections to the CEDAW Committee were held at United Nations headquarters in New York on June 23rd 2022, and Ana was re-elected to serve on the CEDAW Committee until December 31st 2026.
Representatives from the 189 States Parties had the right to vote, and civil society played a key role in the entire process, having a direct influence on the positions adopted by countries.
Ana’s nomination for re-election was a historic opportunity for women with disabilities to continue to raise their profile on the United Nations body responsible for combatting discrimination against women, reaffirming their identity as an integral part of the overall population of women and expanding disability beyond the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), something which until now had never been achieved. We must not forget that, according to UN Women, an estimated one in five women in the world lives with a disability (a total population of over 600 million women and girls with disabilities globally). Women and girls with disabilities needed to continue to have a voice on the CEDAW Committee!
After serving for two terms on the CRPD, focusing efforts especially on women and girls with disabilities, Ana is committed to continuing her work on the CEDAW Committee as an active member during her second term of office. Her nomination for re-election came in response to calls from disability organisations through the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI) and was endorsed by the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
Women and girls with disabilities were absent from the CEDAW Committee until Ana joined in 2019, and now we have the chance to ensure we continue to advance our rights. Let’s leave no-one behind!