Diversity inclusion: Women with Disabilities and Migrant Women Workers amidst Covid-19 in the Arab States region

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), the Arab Forum of Women with Disabilities (AFOWD) and the Cross-Regional Centre for Refugees and Migrants (CRCRM) will host an online dialogue focused on the inclusion of women with disabilities and women migrants workers in national response and recovery planning on COVID-19, on Monday 15 June from 10:00 to 12:00 Cairo time (GMT+2). Registration for the event is free of charge and can be completed here. Only registered participants will be able to access the online discussion.

The Dialogue, organized jointly with UN Women Global Initiative on Intersectionality and Disability Inclusion, will focus in on the impact of the pandemic on women with disabilities and women migrant workers and their inclusion within programme and policy. The discussion will also highlight issues related to access to information and risk communication regarding the pandemic, and priority recommendations to mitigate its impact on vulnerable groups.

Facilitated by Jahda Abou Khalil, AOPD Executive Director, and Janneke van der Graaff–Kukler, UN Women Arab States Deputy Regional Director, the Dialogue is envisioned as a first step towards creating a regional online platform that will bring together diverse stakeholders in this field and put the focus on participation and leadership of women with disabilities to promote inclusive response and recovery frameworks across the region.

Including testimonies from women with disabilities, women migrant and domestic workers, caregivers of persons with disabilities and women leaders within civil society, the Dialogue will offer a space for women with disabilities and women migrant workers to share their knowledge and experience, as well as to offer solutions to inform policy and program responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The good practices and recommendations emanating from the discussion will be curated and shared out to key networks engaged in the response including the broader civil society, international community and governments.

Sign language interpretation and closed captioning will be provided during the event.

Please see the draft concept note and agenda here.

Register here.