EU legislation should include more measures to ensure rights of women with disabilities

Women with disabilities should be able to take decisions on matters that concern them and be fairly represented in public institutions, disability organisations said at a conference on "Women with disabilities in the EU: the situation and the way forward" at the European Economic and Social Committee.

Most of the speakers agreed that women with disabilities were more disadvantaged than their male counterparts, and despite progress being made, they still faced double discrimination in the EU. It was stressed that women with disabilities were not specifically addressed by the policies. Speakers emphasised the need to promote legislation at EU level to protect the rights of women with disabilities specifically. It was asserted that particular attention should be paid to violence against women with disabilities, as they were more likely to become victims of domestic violence. Participants in the conference included representatives of various disability organisations, as well as of the European Commission and the European Parliament. (mb/ia)