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Queen Letizia closes the International Congress “Women and Disability: We Crossed Borders”

On Wednesday 1 March, Queen Letizia of Spain closed the International Congress “Women and Disability: We Crossed Borders” in Ávila, Spain.

She was accompanied by the President of the Junta de Castilla y Leon, Juan Vicente Herrera; Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Dolors Montserrat; delegate of the Government in the Community of Castile and Leon, María José Salgueiro; and the mayor of Avila, José Luis Rivas.

The Queen on arrival at the Exhibition and Congress Center “Lienzo Norte” in Ávila. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The dates for the International Congress: “Women and Disability: We Crossed Borders” were 28 February and 1 March. Those in attendance included experts on gender equality “to discuss lines of action to end inequality and promote the empowerment of women, as well as to contribute to eradicating discrimination and violence against women with disabilities,” according to Casa Real.

Personal experiences and projects were presented during these two days that worked to create an inclusion of women with disabilities under equal conditions. Casa Real said, “In short, it is the pretension of the organizers of this Congress, the Junta de Castilla y León, Full inclusion Castilla y León and Cermi Castilla y León, help build a more just and supportive world, a more egalitarian world, in which opportunities And supports are, increasingly, a reality.”

This was in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that has warned that females with disabilities have been subjected to many different kinds of discrimination. They are twice as vulnerable to discrimination due to their gender and disability. Casa Real explained that because of this, many are not involved in social participation which leads to being invisible in society.

Queen Letizia touring the panels on the discrimination of women with disabilities. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Her Majesty was given a tour of the panels on the discrimination of women and girls with disabilities. During her speech to close the International Congress, she emphasised, “It must be a commitment of all: a responsibility of all that no disabled women should be marginalized, harassed, harassed, mistreated or discriminated against.”

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