Art.23 Respect for Home and the Family
Edited By: Ilias Bantekas, Michael Ashley Stein, Dimitris Anastasiou
- Disability — Reproductive freedom — Right to family — Jurisdiction — Equal treatment
This chapter examines Article 23 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The right to family life and its various components have long been recognized by international human rights law and in regional human rights instruments. Despite this long tradition of protecting the family in human rights law, persons with disabilities have long been subject to serious violations of their right to family life. The prevailing stereotype has considered persons with disabilities asexual, which has led to the denial of their sexual autonomy. The right to family life also encompasses all forms of relationships and parenthood. To be truly equal members of society, persons with disabilities must achieve equality of opportunity in these areas as well. This requires significant attitudinal change, empowerment, dismantling of barriers, and support to experience intimate relationships.