SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, March 8. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Commission for Women and Equality of CERMI Canarias, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, has carried out this Tuesday the reading of a manifesto to make visible the barriers against which thousands of women and girls with disabilities must fight every day, as well as to claim their rights to a public health adequate to their needs.
The deputy for Equality and Gender Violence of the Common Council, Beatriz Barrera, joined this statement and spoke together with the director of the Canarian Institute for Equality (ICI), Kika Fumero, and the president of the Commission for Equality and Women of CERMI Canarias, Sandra Santana, to “request the right to public health for all and to universal accessibility and ensure that the rights that belong to us are carried out”, according to Santana.
In this way, the fulfillment of the rights of women and girls with disabilities in the field of health was demanded, as stipulated in article 25 of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), or in Articles 43 and 49 of the Spanish Constitution itself, which include the right to health protection and entrusts the public powers to carry out a policy of provision, treatment, rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities.
However, special recognition was made for the achievement achieved with Organic Law 2/2020, of December 16, amending the Penal Code for the eradication of forced or non-consensual sterilization of legally incapacitated people with disabilities. “Behind this achievement there are many years of struggle by CERMI and the CERMI Women Foundation, although there is still a long way to go,” said the president of the organization’s Commission for Equality and Women.
In this sense, CERMI Canarias claimed during the manifesto accessibility to infrastructures, medical devices and adapted treatments; information that guarantees adequate accessibility to the health system; a dignified treatment in consultations; the training of health personnel in terms of accessibility, disability, equality and awareness of the different realities of the group; and education from an early age for women and girls with disabilities to facilitate decision-making about their own health.
For Kika Fumero, this group “needs an intersectional approach to be applied to all the services and assistance we provide, so that it is truly comprehensive. We are not only dealing with women with disabilities, but, on many occasions, also with other types of characteristics. that as a woman I can oppress them”.
For her part, the Deputy for Equality and Gender Violence of the Diputación del Comun assured that, “from the Deputy, we have dealt with many complaints from women with disabilities, who tell us about the existence of certain diseases or pathologies that are not considered as such in the current catalog of disabilities in the Canary Islands”.
Thus, Barrera stressed that he has met with CERMI on several occasions “and I know that they are working on a specific report in this regard, that it is essential to present it to the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, so that it includes some diseases that need to be taken into account and that only affect women.