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UN representative criticizes Latvia for unwillingness to sign Istanbul Convention

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Latvia still has not ratified European Council Convention on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, otherwise known as the Istanbul Convention, even though it is a major tool for combating domestic violence, said UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women representative Ana Peláez Narváez at the «Women and disability. Sexual, Reproductive Health. Violence» conference.

At the conference she mentioned that it is highly important to improve regulations to improve the situation for Latvian women with disabilities. It is also highly important, she said, to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Narváez believes that Latvia’s existing regulations do not sufficiently protect disabled women from violence, whereas the convention is a good legal tool to reduce violence against women and domestic violence.

She says financial support is needed from state organizations that employ disabled women. Organizations cannot perform their work if they are not provided with sufficient financial support, says the UN representative.

She also notes that disabled women are often unaware of their rights, adding that they have to fight for them, not accept the situation, including violence against them. Narváez says violence against disabled people is common, which is why it is necessary to look for ways to prevent it.

According to representative of Latvian people with special needs organization Sustento Irīna Meļņika, disabled women form 16% of all women in the EU. This means there are 40 million disabled women in the EU. These women still face different kinds of discrimination, often resulting in social isolation.

According to Meļņika, although there aren’t many studies involving disabled women, which does not allow for accurate evaluation of the real situation, the situation is worrying in healthcare. For example, in some study performed in Denmark shows that women suffering from cerebral paralysis are provided with cervical cancer screening three times less often than healthy women.

Meļņika notes society does not talk about topics outlined at the conference because of shyness or fears. Because of this, Sustento and the European Disabled Peoples Forum has organized a conference to outline problems and search for solutions together.


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  1. Justs says:

    Istanbul? Yea, Latvia can learn lessons from the Turks about how to treat women – fertility rate for Turkish women is 4, Latvian women 1.

  2. fff says:

    not big deal

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