Gertrude was one of six candidates elected in the first round of voting, of which three are women, which has improved the committee's gender balance.
The election took place during the IDDC general assembly, held in May in Birmingham, UK. Dom has worked at Sightsavers for 13 years and has been a member of the IDDC board since 2015.
A call for better gender representation and geographical spread in the United Nations disability committee has seen 17 women from six continents put forward for election in 2018.
The government of Ghana has nominated Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame for a place on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
By hosting a summit, the UK government is committing to making disability-inclusive development a global priority. We must make sure this political momentum is not lost.