MEPs to push for improving the situation of women with disabilities 

MEPs will urge the Commission and member states to take measures to strengthen the rights of women with disabilities, in a debate followed by a vote on Thursday.

 In the draft resolution, MEPs call on member states to fulfill their commitments regarding the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, which has been ratified by the EU and all individual member states, and urges in particular the Commission and EU countries to take measures to improve the situation of women with disabilities, in several areas such as rights, accessibility, education, health, gender-based violence, digital and media inclusion.

MEPs will also call for the barriers which are obstructing people with disabilities from their right to vote to be removed in the run up to the European elections, in six months.


There are around 46 million women and girls with disabilities in the EU, representing about 16% of its total female population. Women with disabilities are two to five times more likely to be victims of violence than other women, and 34% of women with a health problem or a disability have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner in their lifetime.

Procedure: Oral question to the Commission, with resolution


Debate: Thursday, 29 November

Vote: Thursday, 29 November