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The first woman with disability to the Commission against discrimination of women of the United Nations

We are very happy to announce the election of Ana Peláez Narváez as a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She is the first woman with disabilities ever to be elected as a member of the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which has existed for 37 years.

Ana Peláez Narváez is a very strong advocate for the estimated 600 million women with disabilities worldwide. She is currently Vice-President of the European Disability Forum and Chairperson of its Women’s Committee; Executive Vice-President of CERMI (Spanish National Council for Persons with Disability) Women Foundation; Executive Councillor for International Relations and External Development of the Spanish National Organisation of the Blind. She was a board member of the European Women’s Lobby from 2010 to 2014. Ana Peláez served for 7 years in the U.N. Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and it was its focal point for gender issues. She participated in the official Spanish delegation that took part in the final drafting phase of the U.N Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has championed women’s rights for more than 20 years, advising governments, civil society and other organisations.

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