PUBLICATION: Human Rights Africa Newsletter

Posted on 13 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Media & Journalism, Poverty, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Violence, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Readers interested in human rights issues affecting Africans with disabilities can catch up with past issues of the newsletter Human Rights Africa. Issues are available in both English and French, and in both Word format and PDF format. This publication from the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities was published four times in 2006 and two times in 2007.

All past issues may be worth browsing for people with a special interest in disabled Africans. But readers may particularly want to note the following (this is NOT a comprehensive list of articles):

The first issue of 2006 has an article that lists five challenges and seven opportunities for the Secretariat of the African Decade on Persons with Disabilities.

The second issue of 2006 focuses on HIV/AIDS among people with disabilties. This includes a story about how genocide helped spread HIV in Rwanda, and a story about efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS among women in Ethiopia. There is also a story about a new African Network of Women with Disabilities that is meant to help regional and national organizations share experiences in improving the lives of disabled women. Also see the article on how you can help influence development projects in your area so they will better include poor people with disabilities.

The third issue of 2006 has an article that lists practical tips for how you can approach journalists and persuade them to cover issues that matter to the disability community in your country. Another article discusses how sports can be used to help meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The fourth issue of 2006 has many articles about war and conflict in Africa with a focus on disability issues. Also see the article on how you can become involved in helping your country develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) that is inclusive of people with disabilties.

The first issue of 2007 provides more information about the campaign against HIV/AIDS among people with disabilities in Africa and an article about violence against women.

The second issue of 2007 contains articles on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; a new African Federation of the Deafblind; and
lessons learned from lobbying in Uganda.

You can download copies of Human Rights Africa for free at:

http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica



We Can Do first learned about this newsletter after reading the Disabled People International (DPI) newsletter and exploring the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

A modified version of this article has now been posted at RatifyNow with permission of author.



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NEWS: The Law Has Been Instrument of Our Oppression, Says Disability Advocate

Posted on 13 February 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, News, Psychiatric Disabilities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

People with psychosocial disabilities have been quick to embrace the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). One of them is David Stolper, a South African advocate for the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities.

Stolper, says, “The whole world looks at our constitution in South Africa and sees it as the most progressive one for the rights of all people, but we in mental health have been totally marginalized.” Stolper, who has been institutionalized in both the United Kingdom and also in South Africa, terms himself a “psychiatric survivor.”

Of the CRPD, he says, “I think it gives us a legal framework and something on paper that will be binding that is a dramatic shift from what we have had before. There has always seemed to be some kind of barbaric tool to control us. The law has been an instrument of our oppression. The convention says that it is time that the government and people around us drop this notion that we cannot think for ourselves.”

We Can Do readers can read a full-length interview with David Stolper about his perspectives on the CRPD at the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities:

http://www.africandecade.org/reads/articles/legalcapacityarticle/view

The interview also was published in the newsletter Human Rights Africa, 2007, Issue 2 (PDF format, 1.8 Mb). Human Rights Africa focuses on issues relevant to human rights for persons with disabilities in Africa.

Past issues of Human Rights Africa are available in both English and French in both PDF and Word format at:

http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica



We Can Do learned of this article through the Disabled People International (DPI) newsletter.



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RESOURCE: Training Manual for African Journalists

Posted on 6 February 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Media & Journalism, Poverty, Resources, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Journalists in Africa who want to integrate the concerns of disabled people into their mainstreamed news coverage can turn to a training manual for assistance. The 26-page manual, released by the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities, is entitled The Invisible People: A Practical Guide for Journalists on How to Include Persons with Disabilities (PDF format, 665 Kb).

This manual is targeted at journalists, including media personnel who are new to disability issues and related human rights concerns. But it might also be useful as an advocacy tool for Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) or individual advocates who work closely with journalists.

Although the training manual is targeted at African journalists, most of its content is broad enough that it might also be of interest to journalists in other regions. My only caution is that usage of disability-related terminology, to some extent, can vary from culture to culture. For example, in some countries the term “people with disabilities” is strongly preferred; in others, the strongly preferred term is “disabled people”; and in still others, “persons with disabilities” is considered correct. Or, in Spanish, “personas con discapacidades.” However, in my observation so far, certain themes seem to be universal: terms such as “deaf and dumb,” “retarded,” or “invalid” are considered offensive in nearly any country.

The Invisble People” (PDF, 665 Kb) provides journalists with basic background information about people with disabilities and an overview of the disability rights movement both globally and in Africa.

Part of the manual focuses on certain key principles journalists can bear in mind when including people with disabilities. These include: the need to focus on the person rather than the disability; show people with disabilities as active in society; picturing them as part of the general public, not just when covering disability issues; allow disabled people to have their own voice; avoid common stereotypes such as “the superhero” and “the victim”; work with journalists who themselves have disabilities; communicate with DPOs; don’t only interview disabled persons on disability issues–interview them about mainstream issues also.

Next, “The Invisble People” (PDF, 665 Kb) the manual addresses several issues that are key concerns for the disability community. These include accessibility, the enabling environment, poverty, mainstreaming, health care, HIV/AIDS, education, employment, culture, sport, children with disabilities, women with disabilities, and the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The manual also makes recommendations about the appropriate terminology to use when referring to persons with various types of disabilities.

The manual ends with engaging examples of the wrong way, and the right way, to cover disability issues in the media.

You can download the manual in PDF format (665 Kb) by clicking on its title anywhere it appears above, or by following the link to:

http://www.africandecade.org/trainingmaterials/journalist-training-manual



We Can Do found this manual by exploring the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. I encourage We Can Do readers with an interest in pragmatic disability-related training manuals to explore their other resources at http://www.africandecade.org/trainingmaterials.

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