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NWLC Urges Senate to Ratify Convention On The Rights of Persons With Disabilities

December 04, 2012

(Washington, D.C.) The Senate is slated to vote today on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty that affirms the importance of promoting, protecting, and ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities, including provisions designed specifically to protect women with disabilities. The CRPD also increases accessibility for Americans with disabilities, including veterans, who live, work and travel abroad.
So far, 126 countries have ratified the CRPD, which is the first international treaty to address disability rights globally. It has wide support in the U.S., including from every major disability and veteran’s organization, women’s rights and human rights organizations, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would be a significant step in ending discrimination against people with disabilities, including women worldwide,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center. “It should be ratified now.