14 June 2017

Access and Dignity Displaced: Women, Children, Adolescents, and Disability in Humanitarian Emergencies

The 5th panel of the Every Woman Every Child Everywhere series

Access and Dignity Displaced: Women, Children, Adolescents, and Disability in Humanitarian Emergencies

14 June 2017 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30a.m. EST

Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, Floor 1B

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The Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates and Norway to the United Nations, in partnership with Every Woman Every Child and The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, are convening the fifth panel in the Every Woman Every Child Everywhere panel series, on the margins of the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The panel will examine how we can deliver integrated health and disability services to women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings. It will consider:

  • The intersection of gender, age, and disability, and its impact on the scope of needs and delivery of health and social services in humanitarian settings;
  • Barriers to providing quality, accessible health care and social services to women, children and adolescents with visible and invisible disabilities in humanitarian settings;
  • Effective approaches to address the health and social needs of persons with disabilities, both physical and psychosocial, and to include those with disabilities in the design and delivery of humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, and resilience building;
  • Data availability and improvement opportunities, as disability is not consistently screened by actors working in humanitarian and fragile settings.

The panel will consider the experience of various actors in providing holistic and integrated social, vocational, and health support to women, children and adolescents with disabilities in humanitarian and fragile settings. It will also outline approaches that Member States, the UN, humanitarian and development organizations, and other stakeholders can take to ensure the provision of health services to those with disabilities, including through the empowerment of their local communities.

Click here to download the invitation PDF.

Click here to kindly RSVP by Thursday, 8 June 2017.

For any further inquiries, please contact Mr. Federico Batista Poitier: federico@worldenabled.org, +1 754-422-4643


The Every Woman Every Child Everywhere panel series

This panel is the fifth in the series hosted by the UAE and Norway under Every Woman Every Child Everywhere, the multi-stakeholder movement that extends the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to humanitarian and fragile settings. This EWEC Everywhere series promotes an examination of policy, operational, and financing approaches, as well as leveraging women as first-responders and decision-makers.

The series was launched in September 2016, in the margins of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s and former U.S. President Barack Obama’s high-level summits on refugees and migrants. In November 2016, the series evaluated urban humanitarian crises as part of Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda. A roundtable on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in climate-induced humanitarian settings was held in February 2017. In March 2017, the series addressed the delivery of integrated health and education services.