Putting an end to the forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities

The European Parliament held a public hearing in Brussels on 5 December on ending the forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities.

Co-organised by the European Disability Forum, the hearing was attended by a number of MEPs, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, people with disabilities, as well as a number of civil society organisations working in the areas of disability, women’s rights and the rights of LGBTI people. Drawing on its previous research, FRA’s statement emphasised that forced sterilisation is a form of violence against women that also concerns Roma women, as well as intersex and transgender people. Ending this grave violation of human rights and extreme form of intersectional discrimination would require a comprehensive approach rooted in international law, taking due note of the relevant jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. The hearing also provided an opportunity to circulate the newly released easy-to-read version of findings of FRA’s survey on violence against women.