Equality Areas

CDPF Women’s Forum

The CDPF has been conducting research on the situation for disabled women and girls throughout the Commonwealth. Find below results of our 2023 survey, and an introduction to the CDPF Women’s Committee.

68th Commission on the Status of Women, March 2024

New York, USA – The 68th Commission on the Status of Women held from 11th to 22nd March 2024 provided an invaluable platform for global dialogue and advocacy. For me, it was a privilege to represent and shed light on the status of women with disabilities in Sri Lanka.

Full article by Rasanjali Pathirage, Executive Member – CDPF available below:

Article and Presentation by Sarah Muthoni Kamau, CDPF Chair:

Year of Youth

Kihembo’s Presentation to the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting

Submission to Commonwealth Secretariat outlining the positions and recommendations of CDPF to 10th CYMM, London September 11th to 15th 2023

Since relaunching in New York in June 2019 the CDPF has grown, with currently 95 member organisations in 50 Commonwealth countries and seeks to be representative of the more than 450million disabled people across the Commonwealth, whatever their impairing condition. We support the leadership of disabled people on disability issues. Nothing About Us Without Us.

We are a cross impairment organisation and seek to support and challenge our governments to dismantle the stigma, prejudice and barriers that hold us back from achieving equality.
On Youth we have set up a Youth and Women’s Forum and produced a Disabled Youth Manifesto.

The CDPF aim is the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UNCRPD, full equality and human rights for disabled people across the Commonwealth.

CDPF submission to 10CYMM September 2023 (Word doc)

Kihembo Wilbert Presentation (Powerpoint)

Launch of Commonwealth Year of Youth 30th January 2023


See Secretary General Speech 1.17.00—1.38.40

In particular mention of CDPF Manifesto for Youth 1.27.00 to 1.35.37

Read the Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum Youth Manifesto here.