Lack of data and fallout from Covid both hamper equal rights, and women suffer worst, says new chair of UN disability rights committee

People with disabilities are most at risk and last to be looked for in disasters like earthquakes and floods, a UN official has said.

A lack of available data means they remain “lost and excluded” from rescue operations, said Gertrude Fefoame, the new chair of the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.