A sad day for the disability movement

Inclusion International is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ms Soumia Amrani, President of Collectif Autism Morocco, a member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a fierce advocate, and a much-loved mother.

Soumia initiated the movement of families of persons with autism in Morocco and did an incredible job in order to ensure her daughter, and all persons with autism, would be included in the community.

As well as President of the NGO Collectif Autisme Morocco, a national network of 64 associations of parents with children on the autism spectrum, she was the vice-president of the national alliance for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, known as CPH, and a member of other national and regional NGOs.

She had just begun her mandate with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee and our network was thrilled to celebrate a strong representative of families serving as an international expert consultant on issues of people with disabilities and their rights. In her new role, she shared the importance of the work of families in the Covid-19 recovery with our network when we launched our report in June 2021.

Soumia will be missed across our network, but the importance of her life and the effects of her activism will continue to live on and inspire our movement. We wish her family our deepest condolences and a commitment to build on her mission to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities.

We thank Soumia for her lifetime contribution to our mission.

May she rest in peace.