Rosemary Kayess re-elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A respected lawyer and academic, Ms Kayess’ candidacy was strongly supported by the Australian Government and Australian organisations of persons with disabilities.
She was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2019 in recognition of her contribution to human rights at home and abroad.
Australia is a global leader on disability issues.
Australian advocacy played a leading role in establishing the Committee at the United Nations.
In her second term, Ms Kayess will advance the Committee’s critical work advocating for the human rights of all persons with disabilities.
Ms Kayess will promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities; inclusive education; and reasonable accommodations to allow people with disabilities to fully participate in their communities.
“Ms Kayess’ re-election is a strong endorsement from her international peers of her decades-long work to progress disability rights.” said Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong.
“It’s wonderful to have an Australian with a disability as a representative at the United Nations. She will be an exceptional voice for people with disability on the Committee, particularly promoting the rights of women, children and inclusivity.” said Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Hon Bill Shorten MP