The Hans Foundation and Human Rights Watch are delighted to invite you to a press conference and consultation to launch a new Human Rights Watch report on access to justice for women and girls with disabilities who have experienced sexual violence in India.

The launch is hosted by The Hans Foundation and will take place on April 3, from 9:30-17:30 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi.

The report recognizes the government’s important efforts following the fatal 2012 gang rape in New Delhi, to safeguard the rights of women and girls, including women and girls with disabilities, and enable their participation in investigative and judicial processes.

Five years since the adoption of the 2013 Criminal Law (Amendments) Act, Human Rights Watch found that the accommodations needed to support survivors with disabilities are yet to be properly developed and implemented. The report aims to present constructive recommendations on how to address existing gaps and promote a more inclusive and accessible judicial system.

We will also release an animated video on the rights of survivors of sexual violence.

Following the press conference, we are inviting disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs), women’s rights and children’s rights organizations, legal experts, UN agencies and government bodies for a consultation to discuss the report findings and our collective next steps in ensuring access to justice for all. Copies of the report will be available, including in plain language format. Sign language interpretation will also be provided.

When

Tuesday, April 3, 2018,

  • 9:30 – 12:00: Press conference
  • 12:00: Lunch
  • 13:00 – 17:30: Consultation

Where

Juniper Hall, India HabitatCentre, Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School, New Delhi

Registration

To RSVP, please email: Karolina Kozik kozikk@hrw.org and indicate whether you will attend the press conference, lunch and/or round table.

We request that each organization have no more than 2 representatives. Travel expenses will not be covered.

Contact

For any queries, contact Nidhi Goyal (Consultant researcher: Human Rights Watch) at +919820529792.

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