Procedure : 2018/2685(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000117/2018

Texts tabled :

O-000117/2018 (B8-0418/2018)

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PV 29/11/2018 - 5
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Parliamentary questions
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12 October 2018
Question for oral answer O-000117/2018
to the Commission
Rule 128
Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, on behalf of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

 Subject: The situation of women with disabilities
 Answer in plenary 

The European Union (EU), as well as its Member States, are Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Article 4 of the CRPD requires State Parties ‘to adopt all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the CRPD’. The right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote and to be elected is enshrined in Articles 12 and 29 of the CRPD.

There are 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe (16 % of the European population), approximately 46 million of whom are women and girls, comprising about 16 % of the EU’s total female population. One in four Europeans has a family member with a disability. According to current demographic trends, the number of persons with disabilities will increase from 80 million to 120 million by 2020. Further gender-disaggregated data is still needed.

1. Will the Commission ensure the adoption of a European Disability Strategy 2020-2030 that covers all the provisions of the CRPD, is integrated into the follow-up to the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and the European Pillar of Social Rights, paying due regard to the situation of women and girls with disabilities?

2. How will the Commission ensure the collection of gender-disaggregated data in order to identify the forms of intersectional multiple discrimination that are faced by women and girls with disabilities?

3. In light of the upcoming European elections, what concrete steps has the Commission taken to enable women with disabilities to vote and stand for election, as stated in Action 2 (‘Participation’) of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020?

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