Stephanie Ortoleva (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Stephanie, about whom we've previously posted, is the Founder and President of WomenEnabled, a D.C.-based organization that advocates for women's rights, with focus on women disabilities. She's an international human rights lawyer and consultant on issues such as disability rights, women's rights, rule of law, and human rights education. Among her many activities, Stephanie is Co-Leader of the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and
Development’s Community of Practice for Persons with Disabilities, and she has written scholarly publications on these issues.
After earning her law degree with outstanding honors from Hofstra University School of Law in New York,she served as an Attorney and Disability Coordinator at the
U.S. Department of State, where she participated in the negotiations of
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other
aspects of multilateral diplomacy.
With IntLawGrrl Hope Lewis, Professor at Northeastern University School of Law, Stephanie co-founded the American Society of International Law International Disability Rights Interest Group.
Today Hope and Stephanie contribute the co-authored post below, which describes their just-published report on violence against women with disabilities.