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One Decade After the UN CRPD and Women and Girls with Disabilities


10 years after the adoption of a landmark disability treaty and 20 years since her participation in MIUSA’s signature women’s leadership program, one WILD alumna will create space for devising strategies to mobilize women and girls with disabilities in the human rights agenda.

The UN CRPD is a powerful tool for implementing law and policy for women with disabilities at the regional, national, and international levels. It is nevertheless true that many women with disabilities, States Parties, and even NGOs lack the experience and resources for developing and implementing relevant articles of the UN CRPD into concrete action.
To address this issue, Miyeon Kim, CEO of Women with Disabilities Arts and Culture Network in Korea – and an alumna of MIUSA’s first Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability to boot – has led efforts to hold an international conference in Korea. Kim envisions that “One Decade After the UN CRPD and Women and Girls with Disabilities” will create an opportunity for diverse participants to share their experiences and resources related to implementing the UN CRPD, specifically Article 6, which addresses women with disabilities.

MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall will attend the conference as a keynote speaker to share her experiences and goals for how MIUSA has empowered women with disabilities around the world through WILD as well as through small grants programs and other partnerships. Other leaders with disabilities will join the conference from around the globe, including Judith Heumann, members of the UN CRPD NGO Forum, as well as international specialists, lawyers, professors, and disability rights activists.

The international conference will be held October 18-19, 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a decade since the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006.

Photo on this page: Anapji Pond, Korea. Photographed by Jason Teale. Creative Commons –

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