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Join us for the next IPPN Knowledge Café, a webinar series focused on building the IPPN members’ capacity to better understand a systems perspective on policy integration and acceleration; and integrated policy solutions, including curation of tools and resources that support the design and implementation of cross-cutting policy solutions. Find the session materials below!

About this webinar

Existing evidence on intersectional discrimination indicates that as a consequence of multiple identities some persons with disabilities are pushed to the extreme margins and experience compounded forms of discrimination. The UN System, including UN Country Teams, often do not effectively address the rights of persons with disabilities in their programmes and policies. At the same time, there is lack of understanding of the disability rights agenda in conjunction with other development agendas. With a growing recognition that the failure to address various aspects of identity as well as structural and systemic barriers that inhibit participation can obscure or deny human rights protection due to all, it is crucial to design interventions and policies that effectively address not only discrimination based on disability but multiple forms of discrimination, based on gender, age, indigenous status, migrant status, etc.

There is a need to use an intersectional approach in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes; advocacy; intergovernmental processes; and data collection to identify effective ways to empower persons with disabilities in all their diversity, particularly within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its resolve to leave no one behind.

Co-organized by several UN agencies (UN Women, UNICEF, and UNFPA), this session will contribute to an understanding of intersectionality that bridges the gap between theory and practice and present tools for practitioners to use. The discussion will explore how disability, gender, age, and other prohibited grounds of discrimination under international human rights law intersect and impact individuals, discuss challenges and opportunities for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and share recommendations on how to operationalize intersectional lenses in disability inclusion programmes and policies, presenting some of the insights from the Intersectionality Resource Guide and Toolkit.


This discussion will be moderated by Sreerupa Mitra, Disability Inclusion Manager, Culture and Diversity Team, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and will present concrete experiences from the following keynote speakers:

  • Leyla Sharafi, Senior Gender Advisor, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Dr. A.H. Monjurul Kabir, UN System Coordination Adviser and Team Leader, Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion, UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Comments from the floor will be provided by representatives from UN Country Teams, including from:

  • Lola Valladares, National Officer on Gender, Interculturality and Human Rights, UNFPA Ecuador
  • Nighina Azizov, Programme Analyst on Elimination of Violence Against Women, UN Women Moldova
  • Julia Braunmiller, Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law Project, World Bank Group

This will be followed by a Q&A and exchanges with the audience!

About the speakers

Dr. A.H. Monjurul Kabir, an inclusive development, human rights, disability inclusion, and gender expert, is UN Coordination Adviser and Team Leader for Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion at UN Women HQ in New York. Prior to this, he was Chief of Asia-Pacific Section with UN Women HQ. Among others, he led the development of UN Women's approach to inclusive South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and Disability Inclusion. Prior to joining UN, Dr. Kabir worked extensively with new and old media, national development and human rights institutions, electoral and parliamentary reforms and, civil society organisations. Being an international human rights lawyer and legal expert, Dr. Kabir has authored several books, numerous research articles, blogs, and op-ed pieces in international journals, newspapers and opinion portals on a range of critical global trends and issues.

Leyla Sharafi is the Global Gender Equality Advisor, and global disability focal point, within the Technical Division at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Leyla’s role at UNFPA is to coordinate the organization’s gender mainstreaming efforts, and manage global gender and human rights programmes including those related to women and girls facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. Leyla brings with her more than 18 years of international work experience at the United Nations including at UNFPA, UNIFEM, the Executive Office of the Secretary General, and UNDESA. Prior to joining the UN, Leyla worked in the media sector both in an NGO in Ghana, and as a journalist and editor for a number of years. Leyla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Florida Atlantic University as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the New School for Social Research.

Sreerupa Mitra is the Disability Inclusion Manager in the Culture and Diversity Team, Office of the Executive Director of UNICEF. Prior to joining this role, she was a Programme Specialist in the Technical Secretariat of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) based at UNDP HQ, New York where she worked closely with UN Country teams on different aspects of disability inclusion for more than 7 years. While at the UNPRPD Technical Secretariat she was the focal point to the GLAD Network’s Gender Equality Working Group and the focal point for the UNPRPD programme supporting the development of the Intersectionality Guidelines. During her career Sreerupa has been involved in supporting the development and scaling up of disability inclusive programs and policies in multiple countries in Asia, Africa, Arab States, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Sreerupa holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics, UK and an MA in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.

Connection details

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Time: 8:00 AM New York | 3:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Amman/ Istanbul | 7:00 PM Bangkok

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The event was held in English. International Sign (IS) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services was be provided.

Session materials

The session recording is available below. Find attached the presentations, the transcript of the proceedings as well as a list of flagship resources on intersectionality and disability inclusion put together by the co-organizers.

The Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN) is a one-stop-shop for integrated policy practitioners, operating as a knowledge hub for the global community. IPPN aims to link existing efforts on SDG integration across UN agencies and beyond, and enabling cross-pollination and learning to enhance the UN System-wide capability to practice and deliver high-quality integrated policy support. IPPN is a joint effort under the auspices of the UNSDG Task Team on Integrated Policy Support.

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Comments (1)

Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Dear IPPN community, thank you for joining today's Knowledge Café! Find attached the PPT presentations, and a list of flagship resources on intersectionality and disability inclusion put together by the co-organizers.

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