Women Enabled is an education and advocacy
project developed by Stephanie Ortoleva to bring attention to the urgent
need to advocate for the human rights of all women and girls and to include
women and girls with disabilities in international resolutions, policies
and programs addressing women’s human rights and development.
Stephanie is an international human rights lawyer, researcher,
educator and advocate for the rights of women and for the
rights of persons with disabilities worldwide.
Logo is the women symbol with the letters ‘WE’
Listen to Stephanie Ortoleva on Women's Voice Radio on
Sunday, October 30 11 am Eastern Time in the U.S. Click for details!
Stephanie Ortoleva’s Submission
to the CEDAW Committee for their General Discussion on Women and Conflict
and post-Conflict Situations – Inclusion of Women with Disabilities is now
available on the CEDAW website.
On this “Love Your Body Day” read
Erin Matson, Vice President Action, National Organization for Women, “Love
Your Body Day: A Woman's Body Politic,” Huffington Post, 18 October 2011
I am pleased to announce that, in cooperation with the National
Organization for Women’s Global Feminist Committee, the National NOW
Officers and other international women’s human rights colleagues, we
are pleased to present a video by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on
Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo Esq., discussing the report she made
to the U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 10, 2011 about the situation of
violence against women in the United States.
Stephanie Ortoleva thanks former U.S. Congresswoman
Patricia Schroeder for her work on women's health with a personal tribute
as a survivor of breast cancer - National Organization for Women National
Conference, Florida, June 25, 2011
Disability rights and reproductive rights advocates joined to
file a Brief in Gauer and Others v France at the European Court of Human Rights
challenging France’s forced sterilization of women with intellectual
disabilities, drawing on provisions of the CRPD and other human rights
treaties prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender and disability
and denial of the right of access to justice.
Organization for Women Passes Resolution demanding inclusion of women
with disabilities in U.S. State Department programs, June 26, 2011
International Federation of
Gynecology and Obstetrics Speaks Out Against Non-Consensual Forced
Sterilization of Women with Disabilities – June 2011
World Health Organization &
World Bank, World Report on Disability, 9 June 2011, now
estimating that there are One Billion persons with disabilities worldwide.
See my law review article -
Stephanie Ortoleva, “Inaccessible Justice: Human Rights, Persons with
Disabilities and the Legal System, 17 ILSA J. Int'l & Comp. L. 281
Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq., Right
Now! - Women with Disabilities Build Peace Post-Conflict, BARBARA FAYE
WAXMAN FIDUCCIA PAPERS ON WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES, CENTER
FOR WOMEN POLICY STUDIES, April 2011
Open Letter to the UN
Under-Secretary-General for UN Women “Addressing the Needs of Women with
Disabilities in UN Women
Advancing Disability Rights Through Strategic Human
Rights Reporting: Fostering Disability Rights Organizations Participation
in the UN Universal Periodic Review Procedures by Stephanie Ortoleva
UN Women and the CEDAW Committee encouraging them to include women and
girls with disabilities as leaders in their work on women, peace and
security in conflict and post-conflict situations. Click here to take action.