Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Mrs. Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame is Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). She is the first African women to have this role. In her work for the CRPD she has also chaired both the working group on women and girls with disabilities and the taskforce on the general comment on work and employment of persons with disabilities (Article 27). She was recently re-elected onto the UNCRPD Committee to serve from 2023 to 2027.
Mrs. Fefoame is an international advocate on disability and gender, a resource/technical person on programming with focus on disability and a mentor. She works with Sightsavers as a Global Advocacy Manager responsible for Social Inclusion.
Her current leadership positions include, Technical Advisor to the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations and President of International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) in Africa.
Among other notable recognitions for her immense contributions, she was awarded with the first ever “Women’s Empowerment Award” at the World Blindness Summit 2021.