This presentation by Rosemary Kayess explores the experiences of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of ableism, discrimination, and inequality. It considers the role of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in addressing these issues and recommends that governments adopt a human rights approach to transform society to be equitable, sustainable and resilient into the future.
Rosemary Kayess is an internationally recognised and well-respected human rights lawyer in the area of disability. She is Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Rosemary teaches international human rights law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. Rosemary was a designated expert on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and facilitated the drafting of Article 24 on the Right to Education.