30047971361_56649c3075_oThe Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is defined as a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year.

This year the theme of the Social Forum focused “on the promotion and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities in the context of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”

The World YWCA was represented by Sophia Pierre-Antoine from YWCA Haiti in the only panel addressing the intersection between gender and disabilities: “Participation of women with disabilities in decision-making processes”. The panel was organized and supported by International Disability Alliance, International Disability and Development Consortium, the Chile Ministry of International Relations, African Disability Forum, Handicap International, Royal Dutch Kentali, and the World YWCA.

Other panelists included:

During the Social Forum, there was an emphasis on how the Sustainable Development Goals can enhance the implementation of the CRPD. Participants and representatives discussed how this could be done in order to ensure the full inclusiveness of people living with disabilities and truly leave no one behind.

Read transcript of our intervention focusing on the meaningful and inclusive participation of young women and girls with disabilities in decision-making processes here!