On March 19, 2014, Maurice A. Deane School of Law alumna Stephanie Ortoleva ’76, president of Women Enabled, moderated a panel discussion on helping women with disabilities out of poverty at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan.
The panel discussion, titled “New Approaches to Poverty Eradication Among Women With Disabilities — Full Access to Financial Services and Products,” was a side event of the 58th Session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. It was co-sponsored by U.N. Women, the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations.
The panel discussed why financial inclusion is an important tool for poverty reduction and development, especially for marginalized social groups, and concluded that access to financial services and products for women with disabilities contributes to empowerment and to the unlocking of their productivity.
Ortoleva is a highly recognized international human rights lawyer, policy and development consultant, author and researcher on issues of women’s rights, disability rights, and the rights of women and girls with disabilities.
Women Enabled educates and advocates for the human rights of all women and girls, with a special focus on women and girls with disabilities, in collaboration with organizations of women and girls with disabilities worldwide.