FUNDING OPPORTUNITY for Human Rights Projects by Disabled People Organizations (DPOs)

Posted on 15 July 2009. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disability Rights Fund Releases Second 2009 Request for Proposals, Extending Another Year of Grantmaking to Existing Target Countries and Opening Grantmaking to the Pacific
July 15, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)—a groundbreaking grantmaking collaborative supporting the human rights of people with disabilities—today announced the second round of its 2009 grantmaking, “Raising Our Voice.” The application deadline is September 15, 2009. This round opens another year of possible funding to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in: Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru; Ghana, Namibia, Uganda; and Bangladesh and adds an additional region to the Fund’s reach – the Pacific. In the Pacific, 14 island countries are targeted: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The broad objective of the Fund[1]—which was officially launched in March 2008—is to empower DPOs in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).

In 2008, the Fund made one-year grants to 33 organizations in 7 countries (Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru; Ghana, Namibia, Uganda; Bangladesh), totaling USD 800,000. Grants ranged from USD 5000 – 50,000 and supported CRPD awareness-raising, strengthening coalitions and networks, and rights advocacy.

In the second round of 2009 grantmaking, applicant organizations may apply within one of two categories: a) single organizations or partnerships and b) national DPO coalitions. Grants to single organizations will range from USD 5,000 to 30,000 and support efforts to build voice and visibility and to develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CRPD. Grants to national DPO coalitions will range from USD 30,000 to 70,000 and will support advocacy toward ratification of the CRPD, passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD, or the production of shadow reports.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant.html. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org by August 15. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2009.
DRF’s donors include the Aepoch Fund, the American Jewish World Service, an anonymous founding donor, the Australian Government’s International Development Assistance Agency – AusAID, the Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.

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[1] The Disability Rights Fund is a project of Tides.



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JOB POST: Program Officer, Disability Rights Fund

Posted on 5 June 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Human Rights, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disability Rights Fund seeks Program Officer

About the position
The Program Officer position offers a unique opportunity to join a groundbreaking grantmaking initiative supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. As a member of a small team, the Program Officer will help shape the Fund as it matures and incorporates the best strategies in funding disability rights in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union. The main objective of the position is to work with other Fund staff in the creation of grants strategy and process and the oversight of grantees. To do this work, the Program Officer will build field contacts and partnerships and work with grantees in the field. Other program and administrative responsibilities related to both grantmaking and the general operations of the Fund are also foreseen. The Fund is looking for a candidate who is able to work in a fast-paced environment, is flexible, takes initiative, and is independent, but team-oriented. This position is not necessarily Boston-based.

About the Disability Rights Fund
Launched in March of 2008 as a project of the Tides Center, the Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative aimed at building community capacity to achieve the rights of all persons with disabilities. The Fund makes modest grants (USD $5000-70,000) to Disabled Persons’ Organizations in the Global South and in Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union for advancing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country-level.

Program Officer responsibilities
· Help design a grants proposal process that is accessible to people with disabilities
· Serve as liaison to grantees and prospective grantees
· Working closely with Tides, administer and manage grants(e.g., grant award and declination letters, disbursements, report tracking, grant files)
· Together with the DRF team, evaluate grant proposals, conduct financial and critical analysis of applicant organizations
· Provide technical aid to grantees during grants application and implementation
· Prepare concise written analyses of grant proposals and funding recommendations for Steering Committee comprised of field advisors and donors
· Arrange and conduct site visits and meetings with grantees
· Provide organizational effectiveness assistance to grantees or recommend helpful resources as appropriate
· Evaluate and monitor the impact of grants; review and analyze grantee reports
· Develop professional relationships within the field of disability rights to inform the grantmaking of the Fund; keep abreast of trends within the field of disability rights
· Collaborate with DRF team, Global Advisory Panel and Steering Committee to develop and refine grantmaking strategies
· Assist with the day-to-day operations of the Fund as needed
Skills and qualifications

The ideal candidate should demonstrate:
· Passion and commitment to advancing the human rights of people with disabilities
· Familiarity with the community of DPOs and the CRPD (particularly in the Asia Pacific region)
· Grantmaking or grantseeking experience (or relevant nonprofit experience)
· Experience supporting capacity development within civil society
· Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations from around the world
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Other language proficiencies a plus
· Strong administrative and organizational skills; the ability to manage time efficiently
· Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint); willingness to learn additional applications (and accessible technology) as necessary
· Bachelors degree, or equivalent with minimum 5 years of relevant experience; advanced degree desired
· Ability to travel independently in developing countries
· Ability to combine the roles of objective evaluator and empathetic observer

Compensation
Salary and benefits negotiable, based on experience.

How to apply
Disability Rights Fund, a Project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, and people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities, and people of other (non-U.S.) nationalities. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please email or mail a cover letter, resume, three references (with contact information and relationship), writing sample (five page maximum) to:

Disability Rights Fund
Diana Samarasan, Director
Third Sector New England’s NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 203
Boston, MA 02111-2670
dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org (please no phone calls)
Fax: (215) 261-4593

Deadline: Applications must be received by August 1, 2009.



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NEWS: Manila Declaration, Asia Pacific Conference on Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 1 June 2009. Filed under: East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IDA – Asia Pacific Regional Conference on the CRPD Implementation and Monitoring

MANILA DECLARATION

February 11-12th, 2009

We, the delegates from The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Samoa, Fiji, and Republic of Korea being members of Disabled Peoples’ International, Inclusion International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Rehabilitation International, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the DeafBlind, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, and Asia Pacific Disability Forum, all of which are members of International Disability Alliance (IDA) and participated in Asia Pacific Regional Conference on the CRPD Implementation and Monitoring, held at Manila, The Philippines on February 11-12, 2009,

We acknowledge the support of the Government of The Philippines, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc (KAMPI) for this Conference.

After due deliberation and having reached consensus on the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) we make the following Declaration which shall be hereby referred to as the Manila Declaration 2009

GOVERNMENT
• We urge National Governments in the Asia and Pacific Region, to set the machinery in motion to ensure the signing, ratification without reservation, implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD and the Optional Protocol;
• We further demand that the governments enact new legislation or amend existing legislation for Persons with Disabilities and related statutes to be in conformity with UN CRPD;

• We urge Public Authorities to change from a charity-based to a rights–based approach and from medical model to social model on disability as required by the UN CRPD;

• We ask all governments to initiate disability sensitization programs and to mainstream disability issues in all national agendas for the empowerment of persons with disabilities ;

• We recognize the vulnerability of all persons with disabilities with HIV/AIDS and we therefore request National Governments to address this urgent issue;

• We urge the Governments to include Children, Women and Youth with disabilities in all education and training programmes;

• We demand that Persons with Disabilities be represented through their representative organizations in law and policy making at all levels as required by Article 4 of UN CRPD;

• We recognize the positive role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the lives of Persons with Disabilities. We therefore urge the Governments to facilitate the acquisition of ICT equipments;

• We appeal for the enactment of Disability Anti Discrimination Acts in our respective Countries;

• We seek the full participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Asia-Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012) in order to promote the accession, implementation and monitoring of UN CRPD;

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
We urge National Human Rights Institutions to include CRPD in their Plans and Strategies and constitute a Committee or Focal point to address Disability issues.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
We urge International Development Funding Agencies to include Disability Dimension in all their policies and programs;

We urge International Development Funding Agencies to modify the requirements in the Agreements so as to enable DPOs to access the technical and financial support;

MASS MEDIA
We urge Mass Media to promote positive images of Rights and Concerns of Persons with Disabilities.

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US



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Call for Disabled Role Models in Asian Region for Brochure

Posted on 29 May 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Comments or Information, Call for Nominations or Applications, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Aiko Akiyama

Please note that the deadline to submit pictures and bios is May 31, 2009.

Dear colleagues,

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
Pacific (ESCAP) is putting together a brochure entitled, “Agents of
Change,” to promote the social model of disability and explain the changes that will need to be made to meet the requirements of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action, which is the regional policy guideline on disability. As a part of the brochure, we would like to have pictures and messages of mentors with disabilities from the region as they themselves are agents of change.

We would like to ask for your collaboration in this endeavor. We would likes to have active thematic photos of persons with different impairments in the region, who work in certain professions as well as a
caption or a statement about how you see “disability” and a message to
younger generations of persons with impairments in the region.

Thus far, we have a picture and a message of a deaf pharmacist from
Japan, are also waiting for a picture of a blind architect from the
Philippines and another picture from Kyrgyzstan. We are also planning on
shooting a picture of a pizza baker, inT hailand, who is physically
disabled. We would like to have pictures of a person with intellectual
disability, a picture of a person who is a survivor of psychiatry, a
picture of deaf blind person all of whom are working in certain professions which they are proud of. Moreover, we would like to particularly welcome pictures from South Asia and the Pacific.

Time is of the essence and we would appreciate your urgent attention
to this request. We would appreciate if you can e-mail us pictures (sharper images are appreciated) towards the end of this month 31 May 2009. The
brochure is in draft form at the moment and you contributions would help us finalize it. Before the brochure final draft goes out to the printer, a copy will be circulated for those who are interested for peer review. Let me know if you are interested in that process.

Please send us pictures and messages to Mr Osama Rajkhan (rajkhan.unescap@un.org) and Aiko Akiyama (akiyama@un.org).

I look forward to hear from you soon and best regards.

Aiko Akiyama
Social Affairs Officer
Social Development Division (SDD)
UNESCAP
THAILAND
Email: akiyama@un.org
http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/index.asp



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Challenges Implementing Disability Rights Treaty?

Posted on 17 May 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Human Rights, Networking Opportunities, Opinion, Psychiatric Disabilities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Abdul-Jeff Maalik Makana, the Executive Director of MindFreedom Kenya, wants to learn more about the challenges that other countries experience in implementing the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Below is his appeal for information. Please respond directly to him at kenya@mindfreedom.org.

Dear All,

Greetings from non sunny Nairobi day today!

We have a challenge here in Kenya advocating for the implementation of the UN CRPD. Are other states experiencing similar challenges? What are the challenges?

I recently on a media appearence to create awareness about the work of MindFreedom Kenya & advocating for the implementation of the UN CRPD… one caller to the show reinforced the general view that persons with psychosocial disabilities have no capacity at any time to make decision (Legal capacity) though the UN CRPD guarantees legal capacity(article 12) or even supported decision making.

To quote Daniel Hazen—Human Rights and Advocacy “cease the practice of exceptionalism when it comes to human rights” meaning we cannot downplay the CRPD which is a very important rallying point for our movement.

Mental Health (MH) policies cannot be written in a vacuum…. State parties and other stakeholders should get direction that adopting certain articles of the CRPD versus the CRPD in its entirety has far reaching consequences more so article 12 (right to legal capacity) a big part of the user/survivor movement advocacy.

Lastly, why was the term psychosocial disabled adopted in the UN CRPD versus the term mentally disabled or mentally ill? Here in Africa many don’t see mental illness as a disability? Can you please help me understand how to advocate better for psychosocial disabled term to be adopted and accepted locally.

What are your views:

I am doing a Survey on supporting signing/ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by state parties without reservations.

This obligation would require that the States both refrain from actions that undermine the principles and initiate efforts which would promote them. You can also e-mail your comments directly to kenya@mindfreedom.org
Question:

As a user, a survivor. mental health worker, or human rights activist in mental health do you support the position that the CRPD is non negotiable, and that the nature of this commitment obligates state parties to completely review MH policies and legislation which relied on flawed WHO MI Principles? *

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cnR3dTlrTGFGRjFXY3g2YWhvTUJESUE6MA..

A few sampling of responses collected regarding the above question:

This obligation would require that the States both refrain from actions that undermine the principles and initiate efforts which would promote them.(MH Policy, legislation’s, new MH laws, civic education, more access to mental services at the community level, empowering of persons with psychosocial disabilities to participate equally in society without being discriminated based on disabilities).

Absolutely I support it!! Recently there have been reports that they are opening “behavioral” units in nursing homes in New York State–a way to lock us up again quietly so there won’t be too many complaints. Fortunately we noticed and… Read More now there’s a lawsuit. Good thing so many of us “suffer” from hypervigelance!! Anyway, so good to see that we’re coming together internationally. We can and will find our power no matter how hard the system tried to hold us down.

I am not sure that I can ask for the UN treaty to become nationalized, but I do agree with many of the tenets. I think that I can see where some conflicts of interest might be involved. So better person by person, not this group or that. That is what I think….

With kind regards,

Abdul-Jeff Maalik Makana

__________________________________
Abdul Maalik bin Ali formerly,
Jeff Makana

Executive Director,
MindFreedom Kenya(MF-K)
E-mail:kenya@mindfreedom.org
website: http://www.mindfreedomkenya.interconnection.org
Follow me on twitter@ www.twitter.com/Jeffmakana



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Training Opportunity: Disability and Development Module, November 23 to December 19, 2009, VU University, Netherlands

Posted on 23 April 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Education and Training Opportunities, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Opportunities, Poverty, Rehabilitation, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disability and Development Module at the VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University (Amsterdam), together with Enablement (Alphen aan den Rijn) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT, Amsterdam) are pleased to announce a 4-week module on Disability and Development to be held from November 23th to December 19th 2009 at the VU University. This course, a 4-week elective module, which is part of an academic Master degree programme, is open to external participants also. Students will learn in a highly participatory environment built around a problem-based learning approach. Lecturers have extensive international experience in disability and related fields. An overview of the course content can be found on the VU website: http://studiegids.vu.nl/ (type ‘disability’ as search term). The course was offered for the first time in 2008 and was very positively evaluated by the first batch of students.

The following topics will be covered in Module I:
Disability models and stereotypes, culture and disability, ICF conceptual framework, experience of having a disability, frequencies and distribution of disability, determinants of disability, including stigma and discrimination, poverty, gender and HIV/AIDS, rights of persons with disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, measurement of disability, disability-relevant research methods, survey methods, examples of disability research and an introduction to community-based rehabilitation.

In 2010, a second elective module will be offered on the subject of Disability & Development. This module will have the same duration as Module I

Module II will cover the following additional topics:
Project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes, management information systems, CBR as a preferred strategy for rehabilitation, organisational and institutional development, Disabled People’s Organisations, educational and economic empowerment of disabled people, the role of specific rehabilitation services, and sports and disability.

Interested candidates should apply well in advance and contact Huib Cornielje as soon as possible.

TARGET GROUP: rehabilitation professionals and professionals with an interest in disability and development.

REQUIREMENTS: good comprehension of the English language; bachelor degree or equivalent (in terms of experience and thinking capacity)

COURSE FEES: Euro 1,000 (excluding board & lodging); students who wish to gain official study credits (ETCS) will have to register as external students at the VU University. This will cost an additional €1,200 for 4 weeks, approximately.

DATES: November 23 to December 18, 2009

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM:

Huib Cornielje
Langenhorst 36
2402PX Alphen aan den Rijn
The Netherlands
Tel: 0031-172-436953
Fax: 0031-172-244976
E-mail: h.cornielje@enablement.nl



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Forum of Women with Disabilities in Pakistan

Posted on 19 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, Networking Opportunities, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pakistan Disabled People’s Organization

Subject: Forum of Women with Disabilities in Pakistan

Respected All,

Greetings from Pakistan Disabled Peoples’ Organization (PDPO/DPI – Pakistan),

The issue of disability is gaining more and more importance all over the world as well as in Pakistan due the disability movement for a “rights based society” initiated by organizations of PWDs themselves since almost two decades. World Bank, World Health Organization and other donor and development agencies have included this issue in their mandates. Governments have framed various policies for PWDs including reservation of jobs, concession facilities in travelling, special training institutions etc. The Government of Pakistan has made efforts to support the rights of Persons with Disabilities in the view of BMF and National Policy on disability and now Alhamdurillah Pakistan has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

However, despite these efforts, the sad fact is that most people with disabilities especially women with disabilities and their families remain completely un-served by government, NGOs and even DPOs.

Women with disabilities are disadvantaged in several key areas when compared with other women, men with disabilities, and the society as a whole. These women face a triple handicap and discrimination due to their disability, gender and developing world status. At the same time, Stigma remains in society at large, within communities, and even, in many cases of uneducated segments of society, within families who see disabled women as a loss of productive potential and a drain on family resources. So, while on the one hand, the strong cultural family network ensures their financial security, on the other, the stigma often results in their remaining invisible members of society.

The major barrier to employment and other socio-economic benefits for Women with Disabilities in our society continues to be attitudinal barriers; stereotypical thinking and assumption about what women with disabilities can and can’t do.

The truth is that, the range of abilities of persons within any disabilities group is enormous, we have a large number of women with disabilities in Pakistan who are taking part in the activities of daily life with courage, there is dire need to involve that women as a role model or highlight their efforts to understand the social and economic realities and possibilities with regards to disability.

We need to get rid of our stereotypical images and view each “individual” as just that “an individual”. Access to and sharing of information resources can build the capacity of local and national disability organizations, promote advocacy by and for people with disability and improve the quality of life experienced by women with disabilities.

The fist humble step of this forum is to bridge the information and communication gap between all the leading women with disabilities in Pakistan.

On behalf of PDPO/DPI – Pakistan, I would like to request you all to share your short profile with us by the end of this week, after the completion of selection process of forum members, we will decide the date for Coordination Meeting.

Your feedback and coordination will assist us to make it successful

Looking forward to hear from you,

Regards,

Abia Akram,
Women Coordinator – PDPO/DPI, Pakistan
Abia.m.ilc@gmail.com
92-321-5278021



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Disabled People Must Not Pay for Crisis, Says European Disability Forum

Posted on 27 November 2008. Filed under: Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Employment, Human Rights, News, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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EDF Statement on the Economic Crisis: Disabled People Must Not Pay for the Crisis

Paris, 16 Novembre 2008 – The European Disability Forum, which is the voice of more than 50 million European people with disabilities, calls on the European Council, Commission and Parliament and other European institutions and all the governments of Europe to ensure disabled people and their families do not pay for the worldwide economic crisis by the reduction in their income, benefits, employment opportunities or in cuts in support to our representative organisations.

The crisis was caused by the irresponsible lending and unacceptable negligence by those in charge of the financial institutions and regulatory bodies of the world. Governments’ response to the ‘credit crunch’ has been to create financial resources to bail out the banks. Now as this lack of confidence feeds its way into the general economic system it is vital that poor, elderly and disabled people and their families of Europe do not pay for this crisis. We already in a precarious position prior to the crisis, therefore call for a reflationary approach to spend more on investment in accessible infra structure, on benefits and the provision of tax relief, so that these groups can buy goods and services so improving the economic situation.

The world through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities has only just recognised the urgent need to extend the international human rights law framework to disabled people. Society cannot afford to dilute its commitment to human rights including the right to employment and family life. Traditionally disabled people have been the ‘reserve army of labour’, ’the last to be hired the first to be fired’, seen as expendable at times of economic crisis. Disabled People, their families, the unemployed and the poor cannot become the scapegoat for a crisis not of their making. Already the worsening economic position has led to attempts to cut benefits in many countries such as Ireland, Hungary, Sweden and Italy.

The lesson of this crisis – the value of investing in people – is far more important than speculative investment and it benefits the whole of society and strengthens its resistance to such crisis driven changes. If the gap between the disadvantaged and the wealthy widens, it will cost society more in the long run. The EDF will ensure the equality and rights of disabled people come to the top of the political agenda in the forthcoming European Elections.

Cutbacks and mass unemployment will develop a fertile ground for violence, hate crime, undermine solidarity and produce dangerous attitudes for democracy. We call on all those with political and economic decision making responsibility to do all they can to ensure that disabled and poor people are treated with equality and their economic well being is assured by the measures they take at this time. Now is the time for strong action so that in 2010-European Anti Poverty Year- disabled people and other disadvantaged groups do not again come to the top of the agenda.

The European Disability Forum (EDF) is the European umbrella organisation representing the interests of 50 million disabled citizens in Europe. EDF membership includes national umbrella organisations of disabled people from all EU/EEA countries, as well as European NGOs representing the different types of disabilities, organisations and individuals committed to disability issues. The mission of the European Disability Forum is to ensure disabled people full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe.

Forum européen des personnes handicapées
>>> Communiqué de presse

Déclaration du Forum Européen des personnes handicapées à propos de la crise financière: Les personnes handicapées ne doivent pas payer la crise

Paris, le 16 novembre 2008 – Représentant 50 millions d’européens en situation de handicap, le Forum Européen des Personnes Handicapées appelle le Conseil Europeén la Commission Européenne et le Parlement Européen, les Institutions Européennes et tous les Gouvernements des pays européens à s’assurer que les personnes handicapées et leurs familles n’aient pas à payer les conséquences de la crise financière internationale par une réduction de leurs revenus, de leurs accès à l’emploi, de leurs moyens de compensation ou par une réduction des moyens attribués à leurs organisations représentatives.

La crise financière a été causée par des accords de prêts irresponsables et des négligences inacceptables de la part des responsables d’Institutions financières et de régulation financières. La réponse des Gouvernements à cette déroute bancaire a été la création de ressources financières pour sauver les banques. Maintenant que la perte de confiance gagne l’économie réelle, il est essentiel que les européens exposés à la pauvreté, à la maladie et aux situations handicap n’aient pas à faire les frais de cette crise. Déjà affectée par la précarité avant cette crise, nous pensons au contraire qu’une politique de relance devrait augmenter les allocations, investir dans l’accessibilité et accorder des avantages fiscaux pour que ces groupes puissent consommer des biens et des services et ainsi soutenir le développement économique.

Avec l’adoption par les Nations Unies de la Convention Internationale pour le droit des personnes handicapées le monde vient juste de reconnaître le besoin urgent d’un élargissement du cadre des Droits de l’Homme aux personnes handicapées. La société ne peut pas se permettre maintenant de d’affaiblir son engagement pour les Droits de la Personne et notamment le droit à l’emploi et le droit à fonder une famille.

Il est depuis longtemps d’usage que la réponse aux besoins des personnes handicapées représente une « réserve d’emploi », ce sont les dernières à être engagées et les premières à être licenciées, perçues comme quantité négligeable. La dégradation de la situation économique a déjà conduit plusieurs pays à vouloir supprimer des avantages acquis, comme en Irlande, en Hongrie, en Suède et en Italie.

La leçon de cette crise est que l’investissement sur le développement des personnes est beaucoup plus essentiel que les investissements spéculatifs, qu’il bénéficie à l’ensemble de la collectivité et qu’il renforce les capacités de réponse collective à ce type de crise. Si le fossé entre les riches et les pauvres s’élargit encore la crise coûtera plus cher et durera plus longtemps. Le Forum Européen des Personnes Handicapées veillera à ce que l’égalité et les droits des personnes handicapes devienne une priorité de l’agenda politique européen lors des prochaines élection européennes.

Les restrictions et l’augmentation du chômage vont créer un terrain propice au développement de la violence, d’attitudes dangereuses pour la démocratie et constituent une menace pour la solidarité. Nous appelons les responsables politiques et économiques à faire face à leur responsabilité et à prendre immédiatement les décisions nécessaires pour que les personnes handicapées, leurs familles et les personnes pauvres soient traitées avec équité et leur avenir économique assuré.

Le Forum européen des personnes handicapées (FEPH) est la plateforme européenne qui représente les intérêts de 50 millions de citoyens handicapés au sein de l’Union européenne. Les organisations membres du FEPH incluent les plateformes nationales des personnes handicapées de tous les Etats membres de l’UE et de l’Espace économique européen, ainsi que les ONG européennes représentant les différents types de handicap. La mission du FEPH est de garantir le respect total des droits fondamentaux et humains des personnes handicapées par le biais d’une implication active dans le développement et application des politiques européennes.



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Take Action! Promote the Mainstreaming of Disability in the MDGs

Posted on 26 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Cross-Disability, Education, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Inclusion, News, Opinion, Opportunities, Policy & Legislation, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

MEMORANDUM
TO: GPDD PARTNERS
FROM: GPDD SECRETARIAT
SUBJECT: PROMOTING THE MAINSTREAMING OF DISABILITY IN THE MDGs
DATE:    9/25/2008
 
The General Assembly’s sixty-third session is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York. This session marks a special occasion to highlight the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and a number of consultations and events examining multiple dimensions of MDG activities are taking place throughout the week. This presents a unique opportunity for all concerned stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion of disability in the MDGs.
 
Since the GA Plenary may discuss this issue from October 6 to 8, immediate action is essential. For this reason, the Secretariat of the Global Partnership for Disability and Development is:

1)    Circulating a letter to UN Missions and Foreign Affairs Offices of Member States requesting Member States to make interventions and support a resolution in favor of mainstreaming disabilities in the MDGs.

2)    Encouraging advocates and activists to phone, fax, or e-mail relevant government officials in their countries.

3)    Sending an advisory to relevant media outlets.

We request your support in these actions as well as your suggestions.

Your ideas and participation will make a difference! A sample letter and relevant contact information are attached for your use.

FYI,  a copy of the Secretary-General’s report on mainstreaming disability in monitoring and evaluation of MDGs conducted as part of the Fifth quinquennial  review and appraisal of the World Program of Action concerning Disabled Persons and a short summary are attached, as well.
 
Sincerely,
Maria Verónica Reina
Executive Director
GPDD

Sample Letter
Disability advocates may wish to use this sample letter as inspiration when writing to the UN Mission Office for your country, or when writing to the Foreign Affairs office in your country. Find the full list of UN Mission offices, with the relevant contact information, at http://www.un.org/members/missions.shtml. Search the website for your government to locate the contact information for your country’s equivalent of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Dear Mr./Ms. Minister of Foreign Affairs (or Head of Delegation):
As members of the Disability and Development community, we want to encourage your government to play a substantive and active role in favor of mainstreaming Disability in the Millennium Development Goals (during the fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action (A/63/183) which will be reviewed by the GA during its 63rd session (6-8 October under Social Development). The report was envisaged as a contribution to reinforcing the disability perspective in reviews of the progress made, and challenges encountered, in implementing the MDGs as requested by GA resolution 62/127.

Mainstreaming disability in the MDGs will help to ensure that no one is excluded from the processes of global development. In view of the enforcement of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, new and concerted efforts should be made in order to accomplish the advancement of persons with disability in the context of development. It is important to note the importance of promoting universal design, the design of products, environments, programmes, and services which are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Such increased accessibility benefits all members of society, not only persons with disabilities. Simultaneously, it is also relevant to state that disability specific programs addressing MDG concerns are also needed to guarantee the full inclusion of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

For these reasons, we respectfully urge you to promote a resolution on mainstreaming disability in the MDGs during the fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action at the 63rd Session of the GA.

Sincerely,

Summary Fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons (A/63/183)
The full Fifth quinquennial review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, referred to in Maria Verónica Reina’s letter, was too long to publish here. But someone also disseminated a shorter summary which is provided below.

The fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action (A/63/183) will be reviewed by the General Assembly during its 63rd session(6-8 October under social development)The report was envisaged as a contribution to reinforcing the disability perspective in reviews of progress and challenges encountered in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as requested by General Assembly resolution 62/127. The resolution also requested the Secretary-General to present proposed updates of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons which were summarized in Annex I to the report. The report also presents Annex II, “Millennium Development Goals: Mainstreaming Disability”, which presents practical guidance on the inclusion of disability in the processes of the MDGs.

The principal issue addressed in the fifth review and appraisal is the emergence of a “new normative and policy architecture” on the advancement of persons with disabilities within the context of development. This architecture comprises the broad policy framework of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons (for policy formulation, planning and development); the tactical guidance for States of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities; and the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which are legally binding for States parties, and is discussed in the section “International Disability Architecture”.

A second point of importance within the report is the emergence, of regional action plans and programmes on the advancement of persons with disabilities, which reflect needs and priorities of the respective regional actors and their complementary relationship to the international architecture.

A third point addresses the processes of the MDGs and focuses on options suggested in the architecture to ensure that no one is excluded from the processes of global development.

A fourth point within the report discusses the expanded constituencies for the advancement of persons with disabilities. As the median global age is on the rise, disability will have major policy implications because the prevalence of disabilities tends to be higher among older persons. The new constituencies represent important agents in a new and concerted effort as part of a disability-sensitized community to the advancement of persons with disability in the context of development. It is important to note the importance of promoting universal design, the design of products, environments, programmes and services which are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Such increased accessibility benefits all members of society, not only persons with disabilities.

The fifth, point, is the need for a single, comprehensive biennial review of progress and obstacles in implementing a global strategy for disability-inclusive development. This unified report on the new disability architecture could facilitate substantive exchange and learning from the findings and recommendations of the CRDP treaty body once established, within the context of development.

Annex I to the Fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action – Updates to the World Programme of Action
Annex I discusses the issue of the updating of the World Programme of Action, as requested by General Assembly resolution 62/127.

The report recommends that the General Assembly endorse a plan to develop a Global Strategy toward Disability-Inclusive Development 2010-2015, through regional consultations and contributions from experts. These strategic guidelines could be developed based on the complementarities and synergies of three disability-specific instruments, namely the World Programme of Action, the Standard Rules and the Convention, and could incorporate updates proposed by Member States. There are existing regional guidelines for disability action in the context of development that could provide a basis for the development of a global strategy.
Annex II to the Fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action – Millennium Development Goals: Mainstreaming Disability

Annex II provides a selection of examples and guidelines for mainstreaming disability in the MDGs and includes possible indicators to include disability in the monitoring of progress in achieving MDGs.



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Right to Food for People with Disabilities: Tell FAO What You Know

Posted on 2 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Cross-Disability, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Does disability make a difference in who does, and who doesn’t, have access to food in your country? If so, what are the causes of this inequality? This call for information and comments from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is not specifically targeted at the disability community. However, this would be a good opportunity to share what you know about disability and food. The reports that FAO gathers can be used to help educate people about why people with disabilities may need special attention when protecting the rights of all people to have access to food.

Please read the following text closely then send your inquiries or comments to righttofood@fao.org, NOT We Can Do. Comments may be sent to FAO at any time. Feedback sent by September 10, 2008, might be shared at an upcoming Forum on the Right to Food, but is still equally welcome after that date. Thank you.

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NEW IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
The Right to Food Unit at FAO is currently working towards the creation of a database where experiences with the implementation of right to food at country level will be recorded. The aim is to gather, compile and make available information on various actions undertaken by governments, other administrative bodies and civil society to implement the Voluntary Guidelines for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food (Right to Food Guidelines, see www.fao.org/righttofood). In so doing, we need your help to assemble experiences and record specific examples of actions.

Your contributions to this exchange of practical experiences and lessons learned will be crucial to promote the implementation of the right to food in the context of national food security. Selected contributions will be compiled into a background document to be discussed at the Right to Food Forum which will be held from 1 to 3 October 2008 in Rome. The Forum’s purpose is to review achievements and draw lessons learned from the experiences of key players in the field of right to food. A number of country experiences will be presented and working groups will focus on five thematic areas: advocacy and capacity development; vulnerability information and assessment; legislation and accountability; strategies and coordination; and benchmarks and monitoring. Authors of the case studies selected will be acknowledged in the above-mentioned document.

In order to write your narrative of the specific case that you will report on, we have attached an outline, with a request to complete it following the guidelines provided below:

Please complete the first part of the outline providing:
– a short title for the case which typifies the lesson(s) that it provides,
– the country concerned,
– the year in which the action took place,
– your full name as the author/ narrator of the story,
– sources used to obtain specific information,
– the name and email of a person we can contact for further information, other than yourself, and
– any website or other internet link you deem relevant for your report.

We are looking for the best practices and good examples in one or more of the aforementioned five thematic areas. For organizational purposes, please check the category box to which your report corresponds. Contextual information about each area is provided below, as well as some examples of concrete experiences that could be shared in the narrative part:

Advocacy and Capacity Development: Actions found in this category are the first steps in the implementation of the Right to Food. Indeed, to be able to meet their obligations, duty-bearers must be informed of their responsibilities and rights-holders should know how to claim their right to food. Activities comprise actions which raise the public’s awareness on the right to food, or which empower individuals to actually claim their rights, capacity development of duty-bearers, awareness raising activities by duty-bearers and civil society organizations, etc.

Vulnerability Information and Assessment: It is important to identify the food insecure, the vulnerable and the marginalized and to understand why they are food insecure. Assessments of existing institutions, laws, policies and programmes will help identify gaps, shortcomings and priorities for action. Activities comprise the critical analysis of underlying and root causes of hunger; undertaking assessments of legal, institutional and policy frameworks for the realization of the right to food; the identification of vulnerable groups; the collection, analysis and availability of disaggregated data; efforts to ensure involvement of the most vulnerable in decisions affecting their lives; actions undertaken to combat discrimination, etc.
Legislation and Accountability: With enforceable justice, trusted institutions and a legal system oriented towards the human right to food, rights-holders will be in a position to hold duty-bearers accountable for guaranteeing food security. The allocation of obligations and responsibilities must be clear. Lessons learned relate to activities in promoting the legal recognition of the right to food; drafting and adopting a specific framework law; revising sectorial laws and harmonizing them with right to food principles and food security goals; improving the implementation of existing laws; the development and implementation of local regulations; training of judges and lawyers; experiences on how recourse mechanisms – judicial, quasi-judicial – have addressed right to food cases; the introduction and use of administrative recourse mechanisms in social programmes (e.g. school feeding); information about roles and responsibilities; initiatives to increase accountability, transparency, as well as the legal empowerment of rights holders, etc.

Strategies and Coordination: Through effective human rights-oriented policies, coherent strategies and coordinated functional programmes, duty-bearers can fulfil their obligations to enable people to feed themselves. Public policies should focus on those whose rights are not fully realized, and on their participation in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of processes. Experiences in this area will refer to the incorporation of the right to food in policies and strategies; the review of other policies and strategies in view of their impact on the realization of the right to food; the inclusion of human rights principles in food security programmes; eligibility criteria to access public services (e.g. social assistance); the improvement of coordination and coherence among different sectors and levels of government; the creation, mandate and legal clarity of institutional arrangements; the political empowerment of the most vulnerable; etc.

Benchmarks and Monitoring: By measuring progress towards achievable goals through ongoing, community-based, national and international evaluation, duty-bearers and rights-holders can contribute to sustainable food security for all. Governments or other relevant bodies should monitor the implementation of laws, strategies, policies, and programmes, to ensure that their implementation is conducive to the realization and protection of the right to food and to take remedial action in case they are not. Lessons learned with implementation of the right to food in this area comprise the definition of benchmarks and targets; the work of institutions mandated with right to food monitoring; the inclusion of human rights-based indicators, targets and benchmarks; the observation of human rights principles of transparency, participation, non-discrimination and empowerment in the monitoring process; the dissemination of right to food monitoring information to rights-holders and duty-bearers; the examination of public expenditure in view of making the best use towards the realization of the right to food; etc.

The last part of the narrative outline is the “Experiences” box where you should write the actual report. This should be analytical on factors of success and failure, rather than a descriptive account of actions. Your report should take a maximum of two pages (any background materials can be attached) and should follow the following structure:

1- Lessons learnt:
Briefly state the relevance of the action you are reporting on for the right to food. In essence, why is the action relevant or helpful to right to food advocates or practitioners, duty-bearers or right- holders?

2- Background:
Provide a brief background for the action in question. What initiated the action or the event you are reporting on? If you talk about a government activity, was this part of a larger programme? If you report on an advocacy or a training event, what triggered it? In general what were the objectives of the action? How should it foster the realization of the right to food? Lastly, explain how the action was put in place and what government bodies or other parties are responsible for its monitoring. Feel free to add anything else you judge relevant.

3- Implementation:
This is the most important section for this exercise. Has the action’s implementation resolved the right to food issues it was created for? Did the implementation process conform to human rights principles? Please also analyse the success or failures of the action. What were the external and internal factors that influenced, positively or negatively, a certain activity? How was success measured, (e.g. by the popularity of an action among the population or by its benefits to the marginalized groups of society)? Factors of failure may be found in the failure to follow human rights principles, failures in the design of the measure or institutional weaknesses. Also, please assess the impact of the action on peoples’ possibility to realize their right to food. Any figures you might have to support your argument should be included here.

4- Recommendations/ conclusion:
Based on the analysis you have presented, conclude with the main lessons learned and recommendations for improving the process and/or outcome of the action. If you refer to a case or recommendations drawn from a study by FAO, other UN bodies, NGOs, institutions or individual authors, please provide these and identify the organisation or author. Alternatively, please name the document from which we can extract the recommendations.

Any additional comments should be included in the “Remarks” box. Additionally, please attach any publications and supporting material that you deem relevant.

We appreciate your cooperation in developing the right to food implementation database and look forward to receiving your contributions. Please use our generic email account: righttofood@fao.org.

Note that in order for your contributions to be reviewed in time for the Forum, they should be sent no later than September, 10th 2008. Reports received at a later stage are equally welcome and will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing work on our database and the continuing exchange on how to promote the implementation of the right to food.

Should you have any questions regarding how to complete the form, please address your message to:
Mr. Frank Mischler, Tel. +39-06-57053919,
fax: +39-06-57053712.

For further information on the Forum, kindly consult our website: http://www.fao.org/righttofood/rtf_forum/index_en.html

Thank you for your time and collaboration.

Right to Food Unit
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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NOUVEAUX PROCÉDÉS DE MISE EN OEUVRE
L’Unité pour le droit à l’alimentation de la FAO est en train de développer une base de données qui regroupera les différentes expériences des pays dans la mise en œuvre du droit à l’alimentation. Le but est de regrouper, compiler, et de rendre accessible l’information sur les différentes actions entreprises par les gouvernements ou autres entités publiques et la société civile pour mettre en œuvre les Directives volontaires à l’appui de la concrétisation progressive du droit à une alimentation adéquate dans le contexte de la sécurité alimentaire nationale (Directives sur le Droit à l’alimentation, voir www.fao.org/righttofood). Pour ce faire, nous avons besoin de votre aide pour rassembler les expériences et enregistrer des exemples spécifiques d’actions entreprises.

Vos contributions à cet échange d’expériences et de leçons apprises seront cruciales à la promotion de la mise en œuvre du droit à l’alimentation dans le contexte de la sécurité alimentaire nationale. Les contributions choisies, seront compilées dans un document de base qui facilitera la discussion pendant le Forum sur le droit à l’alimentation qui se déroulera du 1 au 3 Octobre 2008 à Rome. Le but du forum est non seulement de réviser les accomplissements des différents pays, mais aussi de tirer des leçons de l’expérience de pays clef dans le domaine du droit à l’alimentation. Un bon nombre d’expériences seront présentés et des groupes de travaille se concentreront sur cinq domaines d’interventions: sensibilisation et formation; information et évaluation; législation et obligation de rendre des comptes; stratégies et coordination; et critères et contrôle. Les auteurs des rapports choisis seront reconnus dans le document de travail mentionné ci-dessus.

Pour faciliter la rédaction de votre narrative sur des cas spécifiques, nous vous proposons de suivre le plan en annexe, que nous vous demandons de compléter en suivant les instructions suivantes:

Veuillez remplir la première partie du plan en donnant:
– un nom assez court à votre rédaction qui résume la leçon que celle-ci contient,
– le nom du pays concerné,
– l’année dans laquelle l’action s’est déroulée,
– votre nom complet en tant qu’auteur de la narration ainsi que votre adresse,
– les sources que vous avez consultées pour obtenir les informations que vous présentez,
– le nom et le courrier électronique d’une personne, autre que vous-même, que nous pourrions contacter pour plus d’informations et,
– un site Internet ou autre lien Internet que vous jugez utile pour votre rapport.

Nous recherchons les meilleures pratiques et de bons exemples dans un ou plusieurs des cinq domaines d’interventions ci-dessous : .

Sensibilisation et formation: les actions que l’on trouve dans cette catégorie représentent les premiers pas vers une mise en œuvre du droit a l’alimentation. En effet, pour pouvoir s’acquitter de leurs obligations dans la lutte contre la faim, les porteurs d’obligations doivent être informés de leurs responsabilités et les titulaires de droits doivent savoir comment faire valoir leur droit à l’alimentation. Les activités comprennent des actions de sensibilisation du public, ou qui renforcent le pouvoir des individus de faire valoir leur droit, le développement des capacités des porteurs d’obligations, des activités de sensibilisation par la société civile.

Information sur la vulnérabilité et évaluation: Il est important d’identifier les titulaires de droits les plus démunis, les plus vulnérables et les plus marginalisés et de comprendre pourquoi ils sont dans une situation alimentaire précaire. L’évaluation des institutions en place, des lois, des politiques et des programmes aidera à identifier les lacunes, les limitations et les priorités pour agir. Les activités comprennent l’analyse critique des raisons et des causes profondes de la malnutrition; l’évaluation de la structure des institutions légales et des politiques institutionnelles pour la réalisation du droit a l’alimentation ; l’identification des groupes vulnérables ; la collection, l’analyse et la disponibilité de données désagrégées ; les efforts pour s’assurer de la participation des plus démunis dans la prise de décisions qui affectent leurs vies ; les actions entreprises pour combattre la discrimination, etc.

Législation et obligation de rendre des compte: A l’aide d’une justice exécutoire, fiable et d’un système juridique axé sur le droit humain à l’alimentation, les titulaires de droits seront a même de tenir les porteurs d’obligations responsables de la garantie de la sécurité alimentaire. La répartition des obligations et des responsabilités doit être claire. Les leçons apprises sont liées aux activités promouvant la reconnaissance légale du droit à l’alimentation; la formulation et l’adoption d’une loi cadre; la révision des lois sectorielles et leur harmonisation avec les principes du droit à l’alimentation et le but de la sécurité alimentaire; l’amélioration de la mise en place des lois existantes; le développement et la mise en place de réglementations locales; la formation de juges et d’avocats; diverses expériences sur la façon dont les mécanismes de recours – judiciaires et quasi-judiciaires – ont adressé des cas lié au droit à l’alimentation ; l’introduction et l’usage de mécanisme de recours administratifs dans les programmes sociaux (ex : alimentation scolaire); l’information sur les rôles et responsabilités de chacun; les initiatives pour améliorer la responsabilité, la transparence ainsi que le renforcement légal des titulaires de droits, etc.

Stratégie et coordination: À travers une politique orientée sur les droits de l’homme, des stratégies cohérentes et des programmes fonctionnels et coordonnés, les porteurs d’obligations peuvent s’acquitter de leurs obligations et permettre aux gens de se nourrir indépendamment. Les politiques publiques doivent se concentrer sur ceux dont les droits ne sont pas entièrement reconnus, et sur la participation de ceux-ci dans la formulation, mise en œuvre et évaluation des procédés de mise en oeuvre. Les expériences dans ce domaine se référèrent à l’incorporation du droit à l’alimentation dans les politiques et stratégies en vue de leur effet sur la réalisation du droit à l’alimentation; l’inclusion des principes des droits de l’homme dans les programmes pour la sécurité alimentaire; les critères d’éligibilité pour pouvoir accéder aux services publiques (ex : assistance sociale); l’amélioration de la coordination et la cohérence entre les différents secteurs et niveaux du gouvernement; la création, le mandat et la clarté légale des arrangements institutionnels; le renforcement du pouvoir politique des plus vulnérable; etc.

Critères et contrôle: Les porteur d’obligations et les titulaires de droits peuvent participer a une sécurité alimentaire durable pour tous, s’ils s’engagent avec des organismes nationaux et internationaux dans une évaluation continue des institutions mises en place et en mesurant les progrès fait vers des objectifs achevables. Les gouvernements et autres entités en rapport avec le droit à l’alimentation doivent contrôler la mise en oeuvre des lois, des stratégies, des politiques et des programmes, pour s’assurer que ces instruments mènent effectivement à la réalisation du droit à l’alimentation et prendre des mesures correctionnelles si ce n’est pas le cas. Les leçons apprises avec la mise en place du droit à l’alimentation dans ce domaine comprennent la définition de critères et objectifs; le travail des institutions responsables du contrôle du droit à l’alimentation; l’inclusion d’indicateurs basés sur les droits de l’homme; l’observation des principes des droits de l’homme de la transparence, la participation, la non-discrimination et l’autonomisation tout au long du processus de contrôle ; la diffusion aux porteurs d’obligations et aux titulaires de droits d’informations sur le contrôle; l’examen des dépenses publiques en vue d’en faire le meilleur usage pour le droit à l’alimentation; etc.

La dernière partie du plan de la narration est la case « Expériences » où vous écrirez votre rapport. Celui-ci devra être une analyse des facteurs de succès et d’échecs, plutôt qu’une description des actions. Votre rapport devra faire un maximum de deux pages (vous pouvez attacher tout document que vous jugez nécessaire) et devra suivre la structure suivante:

1- Leçons apprises:
Indiquez brièvement la pertinence de l’action que vous rapportez pour le droit à l’alimentation. Essentiellement, en quoi l’action que vous rapportez aide-t-elle les militants et pratiquants du droit à l’alimentation, les porteur d’obligations et les titulaire de droits?

2- Contexte:
Veuillez fournir un contexte bref pour l’action dont il est question. Quel a été le facteur initiateur de cette action? Si vous parlez d’une activité gouvernementale, l’action fait-elle partie d’un programme plus important? Si votre rapport porte sur un événement de plaidoyer ou de formation, quel a été le facteur déclencheur? En général quels ont été les objectifs de l’action? Comment peut-elle aider à la réalisation du droit à l’alimentation? En dernier lieu, expliquez comment l’action a été mise en place et quelles entités publiques ou autres parties sont responsables pour son contrôle. Vous pouvez rajouter toute autre information que vous jugez utiles.

3- Mise en place:
Cette partie est la plus importante de cet exercice. La mise en place de l’action en question a-t-elle résolu les problèmes liés au droit à l’alimentation pour lesquelles elle a été entreprise? Le processus de mise en place était-il conforme aux principes des droits de l’homme? Veuillez aussi analyser le succès ou l’échec de l’action. Quels ont été les facteurs internes et externes qui ont influencé positivement ou négativement une certaine action? Comment le succès a-t-il été mesuré, (ex : par la popularité de l’action chez la population ou par les bénéfices de cette action pour les communautés marginalisées)? Les facteurs d’échec peuvent être mesurés par le non suivi des principes des droits de l’homme, les problèmes issus de la conception des mesures ou de la faiblesse des institutions en place. Veuillez aussi évaluer l’effet de l’action sur la capacité de la population à réaliser leur droit à l’alimentation. Si vous disposez de chiffres qui puissent appuyer vos arguments, veuillez les inclure dans cette section.

4- Recommandations/ Conclusions:
Basé sur votre analyse, veuillez conclure en rappelant les leçons apprises les plus importantes et formulez des recommandations pour améliorer le processus de mise en oeuvre et/ou le résultat de l’action. Si vous vous référez à un cas ou à des recommandations documenté dans une étude de la FAO, ou d’une autre organisation des Nations Unies, ONGs, institutions ou auteurs indépendant, veuillez les attacher à ce document et identifier l’organisation ou l’auteur. Sinon, veuillez préciser le nom du document duquel nous pourrons extraire les recommandations.

Tout autre commentaire devrait être inclus dans la case « Remarques ». Aussi, veuillez attacher tout document et matériel de support que vous jugez utile.

Nous apprécions votre coopération dans le développement de la base de données sur la mise en place du droit à l’alimentation et nous réjouissons de recevoir vos contributions, que vous voudrez bien envoyer à notre adresse électronique: righttofood@fao.org.
Notez que pour que vos contributions puissent être retenues pour le Forum, elles doivent être reçues d’ici le 10 septembre 2008. Les rapports reçus plus tard seront également très utiles et constitueront une contribution importante pour base de données et pour l’échange continu en vue de la promotion de la mise en oeuvre du droit à l’alimentation.
Si vous avez besoin de renseignements supplémentaires, veuillez adresser votre message à: Frank Mischler, tel. +39-06-57053919, fax: +39-06-57053712. Pour plus d’information sur le Forum, veuillez consulter notre site Internet: http://www.fao.org/righttofood/rtf_forum/index_en.html

En vous remerciant sincèrement pour votre collaboration.

Unité pour le droit a l’alimentation
Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture.

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NUEVO PROCESO DE IMPLEMENTACIÓN

La Unidad del Derecho a la Alimentación de la FAO se encuentra actualmente trabajando en una base de datos en la cual se recopilarán las experiencias relacionadas con la implementación del derecho a la alimentación a nivel nacional. El objetivo consiste en reunir, compilar y tener a disposición la información relacionada con las actividades desarrolladas por los gobiernos, la sociedad civil y demás entidades administrativas encaminadas a implementar las Directrices Voluntarias en apoyo de la realización progresiva del derecho a una alimentación adecuada (Directrices del Derecho a la Alimentación, ver www.fao.org/righttofood) . Para cumplir con tal objetivo, necesitamos que nos ayuden a reunir las distintas experiencias para así poder archivar ejemplos específicos de acciones que hayan sido emprendidas a nivel nacional.

Sus contribuciones en el marco de este intercambio de experiencias y lecciones aprendidas serán de gran importancia para promover la implementación del derecho a la alimentación en el contexto de la seguridad nacional alimentaria. Algunas de las contribuciones serán seleccionadas y compiladas en un documento que será discutido en el Foro sobre el Derecho a la Alimentación que tendrá lugar del 1 al 3 de Octubre de 2008 en Roma. El Foro tiene como propósito revisar los logros obtenidos y sacar provecho de las lecciones aprendidas por parte de aquellos actores clave en materia del derecho a la alimentación. Un gran número de experiencias relativas a diversos países serán presentadas y los grupos de trabajo se enfocarán en las siguientes temáticas: promoción y desarrollo de capacidad, evaluación e información, legislación y responsabilidad, estrategias y coordinación e indicadores y seguimiento. Los autores de los estudios de casos que sean seleccionados serán reconocidos y citados en la parte inicial del documento que será discutido en el Foro anteriormente mencionado.

Para redactar el caso específico sobre el cual deseen informarnos, hemos adjuntado un esquema que les pedimos completar, siguiendo las instrucciones siguientes:

Completen por favor la primera parte del esquema indicando:

– un breve título para el estudio del caso específico por medio del cual se ilustre la(s) lección(es) que de éste se ha(n) podido desprender.
– el país respectivo
– el año en el cual la acción u actividad tuvo lugar
– su nombre completo como autor/ narrador de la historia,
– fuentes utilizadas en la obtención de información específica
– el nombre y el correo electrónico de una persona distinta a usted que podamos contactar para mayor información, y
– algún sitio o página de internet que usted considere relevante para nuestro informe.

Estamos en búsqueda de las mejores prácticas y de los mejores ejemplos aplicados en una o en varias de las áreas temáticas anteriormente mencionadas. Por motivos de organización, por favor señale la casilla correspondiente a la categoría a la cual pertenece su informe.

Promoción y Capacitación: Las actividades enmarcadas dentro de esta categoría constituyen los primeros pasos para la implementación del derecho a la alimentación. De hecho, los titulares de obligaciones sólo pueden cumplir éstas mismas si han sido previamente capacitados sobre sus responsabilidades y los titulares de derechos sólo saben cómo reclamar su derecho a la alimentación si han sido previamente informados. Las actividades incluyen acciones destinadas a aumentar la sensibilización del público en materia del derecho a la alimentación, a dotar a los individuos de capacidades para que puedan reclamar sus derechos, incluyen igualmente desarrollo de capacidad por parte de los titulares de obligaciones, actividades de sensibilización destinadas a los titulares de obligaciones y a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil.

Información y evaluación: Es de gran importancia identificar la inseguridad alimentaria, las personas más vulnerables y aquellas que se encuentran en condiciones marginales y así poder entender las razones que generan tal inseguridad. La evaluación de ciertas instituciones, leyes, políticas y programas ayuda a identificar los vacíos, las limitantes y las prioridades al momento de actuar. Las actividades incluyen el análisis de las raíces y las profundas causas del hambre, evaluaciones sobre el aspecto legal, institucional y el marco político de la realización del derecho a la alimentación; la identificación de los grupos más vulnerables; la recolección, análisis y disponibilidad de datos individualizados, esfuerzos para asegurar la participación de las personas más vulnerables en las tomas de decisiones que afectan sus vidas, acciones realizadas para combatir la discriminación, etc.

Legislación y responsabilidad: A través de una justicia efectiva, instituciones fidedignas y un sistema jurídico orientado hacia el derecho humano a la alimentación, los titulares de derechos podrán hacer responder a quienes tienen la obligación de garantizar su seguridad alimentaria. La repartición de obligaciones y responsabilidades debe ser clara. Las lecciones se encuentran en relación con la promoción del reconocimiento legal del derecho a la alimentación, la elaboración y la redacción de un marco legal específico, la revisión de las leyes correspondientes a cada sector y su respectiva armonización con los principios del derecho a la alimentación y con los objetivos de la seguridad alimentaria. Otras actividades se encuentran destinadas a mejorar la implementación de leyes, a desarrollar nuevas regulaciones, a la formación de jueces y abogados, experiencias relativas a la forma mediante la cual los recursos de tipo judicial o cuasi judicial han abordado los casos del derecho a la alimentación, la interposición y el uso de recursos de tipo administrativo al interior de programas sociales (ej. alimentación escolar), información sobre los roles y las responsabilidades, las iniciativas destinadas a incrementar la responsabilidad de quienes son titulares de obligaciones, la transparencia y la capacidad de los titulares respecto de sus propios derechos, etc.

Estrategia y coordinación: Mediante políticas eficaces orientadas hacia los derechos humanos y mediante estrategias coordinadas basadas en el derecho humanitario, los titulares de obligaciones pueden cumplir con su deber de hacer posible que los titulares de derechos se alimenten por sus propios medios. Las políticas públicas deberían enfocarse en la formulación, implementación y evaluación de ciertos procesos. La experiencia hace referencia a la incorporación del derecho a la alimentación en las políticas y estrategias, la revisión de otras políticas y estrategias teniendo en cuenta su impacto para la realización del derecho a la alimentación, la inclusión de principios de derechos humanos en los programas de seguridad alimentaria, criterios de elegibilidad para tener acceso a los servicios públicos (ej. protección social); los avances en materia de coordinación y coherencia dentro de los diferentes sectores y niveles del gobierno, la creación, el mandato y la claridad legal de los acuerdos institucionales; el empoderamiento a nivel político de aquellos que son más vulnerables, etc.

Indicadores y seguimiento: Mediante objetivos realizables y mediante una evaluación de base comunitaria y continua a nivel nacional e internacional, los titulares de derechos y los titulares de obligaciones pueden contribuir para lograr una seguridad alimentaria para todos. Los gobiernos y demás actores que resultan relevantes deberían hacerle seguimiento a las leyes, a las estrategias, a las políticas y a los programas con el objetivo de asegurar que su implementación esté encaminada a la realización y a la protección del derecho a la alimentación y a tomar medidas en caso de que así no sea. Las lecciones que deja la implementación del derecho a la alimentación en esta área comprenden la definición de indicadores y objetivos, el trabajo de instituciones cuyo mandato consiste en hacer seguimiento al derecho a la alimentación; la inclusión de objetivos e indicadores basados en los derechos humanos; el respeto a la transparencia, la participación, la no-discriminación y el empoderamiento como principios de derechos humanos aplicables en la etapa de seguimiento, difusión de información relativa a dicho seguimiento; el análisis del gasto público esperando que éste sea destinado a la realización del derecho a la alimentación, etc.

La última parte del esquema es la casilla de “experiencias” en la cual deberán escribir su informe. Este debe contener un análisis de los factores que han producido éxito y fracaso en vez de ser un informe que contenga una mera descripción de actividades. Sus informes deberán contener un máximo de dos páginas (cualquier material adicional podrá ser adjuntado) y deberán seguir la siguiente estructura.

1- Lecciones aprendidas:
Establecer brevemente la relevancia de las actividades sobre las cuales nos está informando en materia del derecho a la alimentación. ¿Por qué la acción resulta ser relevante o de ayuda para la promoción del derecho a la alimentación en manos de quienes lo defienden así como para quienes son titulares de derechos y titulares de obligaciones?

2- Antecedentes:
Brindar un breve conjunto de antecedentes para el tema en cuestión. ¿Qué suscitó el inicio de la acción o el evento respecto del cual usted nos está informando? En caso de estar haciendo referencia a una actividad gubernamental, ¿se encontraba ésta al interior de un programa de mayor escala? Si nos está informando sobre un evento relativo a promoción o capacitación, ¿qué o quiénes le dieron tal impulso? ¿Cuales eran los objetivos iniciales de tal acción? ¿En qué sentido esta acción resulta ser positiva para el derecho a la alimentación? Finalmente, explique por favor la manera por medio de la cual esta acción fue puesta en práctica así como las responsabilidades que los órganos del gobierno y otros actores tienen en lo relativo a su seguimiento. Por favor adjunte información adicional si considera que ésta puede resultar relevante.

3. Implementación:
Esta es la parte más importante de este ejercicio. ¿La acción llevada a cabo ayudó o no a resolver las problemáticas para las cuales ésta fue creada? ¿El proceso de implementación respetó o no los principios de derechos humanos? Por favor tenga en cuenta y analice el éxito o el fracaso de esta acción. ¿Cuáles pudieron ser los factores externos e internos que influenciaron de manera positiva o negativa una determinada actividad? ¿Con qué criterio fue determinado el carácter exitoso de tal acción (ej: por su popularidad dentro de la opinión pública o por los beneficios que ésta aportó a los grupos más marginados de la sociedad)? Es posible que los factores de fracaso tengan como origen la mala aplicación de los principios de derechos humanos, un diseño no adecuado de la medida como tal o simplemente la fragilidad institucional. Por favor formule una evaluación del impacto que la acción haya tenido sobre la posibilidad de que las personas logren realizar su derecho a la alimentación. Cualquier tipo de elemento que pueda dar sustento a su argumentación deberá ser incluido en esté acápite.

4- Recomendaciones/ conclusiones:
Tomando como base el análisis que usted ha presentado, concluya a partir de las principales lecciones aprendidas y brinde las recomendaciones que considere pertinentes para mejorar el proceso o el resultado de determinada acción o actividad. Si usted hace referencia a un determinado caso o a recomendaciones cuyo origen es un estudio realizado por la FAO, otros organismos de Naciones Unidas, organizaciones no gubernamentales, instituciones o individuos, por favor cítelos e identifique la respectiva organización o el respectivo autor. Podrá igualmente inserir el título del documento a partir de cual se pueden extraer dichas recomendaciones.

Los comentarios adicionales deberán ser incluidos en la casilla “Comentarios”. Adicionalmente, por favor adjunte al informe las publicaciones y el material de base que considere relevante.

Apreciamos su cooperación para desarrollar la implementación de la base de datos del derecho a la alimentación y esperamos recibir sus contribuciones. Por favor diríjase a nuestro correo electrónico general righttofood@fao.org.

Tenga presente que para que podamos revisar sus contribuciones con anterioridad al Foro, éstas deberán ser enviadas a más tardar el 10 de septiembre de 2008. Los informes recibidos con posterioridad a la fecha indicada serán igualmente bienvenidos, constituirán de igual forma una valiosa contribución para el desarrollo de nuestra base de datos y serán de gran importancia para una continua retroalimentación encaminada a la promoción de la implementación del derecho a la alimentación.

Para mayor información relacionada con el diligenciamiento del presente formato, por favor dirigirse al Sr. Frank Mischler. Tel +39-06-57053919, fax: +39-06-57053712.
Para mayor información relacionada con el Foro, tenga la amabilidad de consultar nuestra página web: http://www.fao.org/righttofood/rtf_forum/index_en.html

Gracias por su tiempo y por su atención,

Unidad del Derecho a la Alimentación
Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación

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News from Kyrgyzstan: Projects, Laws, Funding Opportunities

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The following newsletter was sent to We Can Do from Kyrgyzstan–thanks to Azat Israilov for passing this on. This contains news about projects for people with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan; a new law protecting the rights of people with disabilities; the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and announcements for a couple of funding opportunities. Content of Newsletter; Bottom of this page

We are for equal possibilities and better future!
INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN

The newsletter is published under the Health Prom project “Supporting young disabled children and their families in KR” funded by the Big Lottery Fund

July 2008
Content:
Letter from A.Israilov, national in-country project manager
Project “Supporting young disabled children and their families” funded by the Big Lottery Fund started in Kyrgyzstan
Brief information about participants of the project
HealthProm visit to Kyrgyzstan to start the project
Young people: new horizons!
President signed the Decree “About the rights and guarantees for persons with disabilities”
UN adopted the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
The new law about social order accepted
Japanese agency for international cooperation plans to open a centre for
people with disabilities

Projects on employment for disabled people
The Japanese fund of reduction of poverty is intended to support disabled children
Children on holiday in Issyk Kul
Grants

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Dear readers, colleagues and partners,

We welcome you on the pages of the first issue of the Informational bulletin which is published under the HealthProm project “Supporting young disabled children and their families in KR”, financed by the Big Lottery Fund. The important aims of the bulletin will be providing news that are related to children with special needs and their families, and also updating on the progress of the project. The bulletin will be published and distributed once a quarter. At the same time neither the project, nor the bulletin will be involved in political processes in the country. In the first issue you will find some information on the project, its participants and also learn about
some latest events in social sphere of Kyrgyzstan.

It is hoped that the bulletin as a specialist publication will continue its existence beyond the project, and will become a useful source of information for parents and concerned organizations and people. And to become so we will be delighted to publish your interesting news and helpful information which you would like to share with.
Sincerely,
A.Israilov, national in-country project manager

“Supporting young disabled children and their families in KR”
Contacts: Bishkek, m/r Kok-Zhar, h. 1, p/p 4, Tel./fax (0312) 517634, aisrail@gmail.com

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Project “Supporting young disabled children and their families” funded by the Big Lottery Fund started in Kyrgyzstan
Charitable organisation HealthProm, located in London, UK, together with the Association of Parents of Disabled Children (ARDI) and Public Association “Shoola Kol” has started a project “Supporting young disabled children and their families in the Kyrgyz Republic” funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The project is for three years and will help to establish two rehabilitation and resource centres in two pilot localities – Bishkek and Issyk-Kul oblast with Bokonbaevo v. as a centre. The project aims to improve on improving health and well-being of young children with disabilities and their parents through rehabilitation services, informational support and consultations. The project will not be involved in politics.

Prior to the project beginning there were study visits and research done during which the distress of people with disabilities, especially children, was revealed, whose families belong to the group with the lowest incomes in the country. According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, there are about 117 thousand people with disabilities in the republic now, out of them more than nineteen thousand are younger than 18, and 66% out of general number live in rural areas. The number of the disabled makes up 2,1% of the whole population while in the developed countries this figure varies approximately from 10 up to 20% (for example, in
the UK it is about 15%, in Russia up to 10%).

The project will fill the gap in knowledge and information resources in the Republic about prevention of disability, alternative approaches to child disability. Various trainings based on current needs will improve knowledge and skills of people with disabilities as well as of medical and social professionals. There will be developed or translated and published a number of necessary materials, and a specialised web site on disability issues will be created. A specialised microbus for each centre will connect experts and volunteers with disabled children and their families in the remote areas.

“The project focuses on sustainable development of our partners and the centres, and also on cooperation with local communities, non-governmental organisations and relevant local government agencies.” – underlines Tatyana Buynovskaja, the project manager. – “It includes programs on early intervention and providing advisory and practical support to new families with disabled children.” Tamara Dyikanbaeva, ARDI chairwoman, adds: “The project was developed taking into account the needs and wishes of parents and disabled children, considering provision of complex and versatile support to children and their parents. The project activity is based on social model of disability which recognises, that disability is not an illness (and in the developed countries it was recognised and accepted), and disabled people do not need pity and constant
guardianship, but need possibilities to study, work and communicate to become useful members of society”.

As a result of project activities it is planned to reach out about one and a half thousand parents of disabled children, and these children can participate in joint social events together with other children. It is expected in the end of the project the rehabilitation and resource centres in cooperation with local communities and government agencies will become vital for work with disabled children and their parents, and that this experience can be replicated in other regions.

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Brief information about participants of the project
Partner organisations responsible for implementing the project:

HealthProm – a charitable non-commercial organisation, based in London, works since 1984 with local communities for improving health and social support for vulnerable women and children in the countries of the former Soviet Union (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Tajikistan and recently in Kyrgyzstan). The primary activities of the organisation are social and medical projects. Recently HealthProm has successfully finished similar (to Kyrgyzstan) a 3-year project in Altay region of Russia. Local authorities immediately supported the initiative and provided premises and financing for two centres.

The Association of Parents of Disabled Children (ARDI), Bishkek, established in 1995, gives advisory support to parents of disabled children, and also aspires to realise capabilities of disabled children and youth by their development and integration into society.

Public Association Shoola Kol, Bokonbaevo v. in Issyk-Kul region, is the human rights organisation and engaged in educational activity and raise public awareness. Shoola Kol also advises and educates people with disabilities and helps them establish NGOs for advancement of interests and rights of disabled people.

People who are involved in the project:
* Tatyana Buynovskaya – HealthProm manager, as well as the project manager “Supporting young disabled children and their families in KR”, financed by the Big Lottery Fund.
* Jonathan Watkins – senior project expert, social worker, consultant.
* Mark Hunter – child disability consultant, paediatrician.
* Azat Israilov – in-country project manager in Kyrgyzstan.
* Tamara Dyikanbaeva – Association of Parents of Disabled Children chair, project officer in Bishkek.
* Antonina Lee – Shoola Kol chair, project coordinator in Issyk-Kul region, Bokonbaevo.

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HealthProm visit to Kyrgyzstan to start the project
Under the project funded by the Big Lottery Fund HealthProm delegation of three people (see list above) have visited Kyrgyzstan for meetings with the representatives of government agencies and international and local non-governmental organisations. Between 11 and 23d May, 33 meetings took place in Bishkek and Bokonbaevo, one of them was an interview to the newspaper “Vechernij Bishkek”. In addition HealthProm representatives visited homes of families with disabled children. The results of these meetings will help partners to define the area of specialization for new rehabilitation centres. These centres will work in close interaction with local authorities and government agencies. Currently through consultations with local authorities and additional meetings there is a search for premises for the future centres as one of overall
project objectives is sustainability of the centres.

Young people: new horizons!
The youth of the Association of Parents of Disabled Children is becoming more active in public life of the country, and has also achieved some successes in education. In June this year Seinep Dyikanbaeva, project and PR manager of ARDI, has been named one of the first New Heroes of Kyrgyzstan for the positive contribution to the development of our society, a nomination organised by NGO “Atool” (Karakol). More detailed information can be found at: http://www.atuul.kg/?pid=19&hid=3. In addition, recently Seinep, a first year student of the American University in the Central Asia, has passed through a rigid competitive selection for a year training in Japan, sponsored by the Japanese International Agency on Cooperation (JICA).

Ukei Muratalieva, another active young volunteer of ARDI, a student of the Kyrgyz Technical University, has been chosen together with other two Kyrgyz citizens for another training program on leadership and building networks, also sponsored by the Japanese International Agency on Cooperation (JICA). She leaves for a month for Tokyo to learn how to train and at the same time to learn how local disabled people live and the organisations of disabled people work. After returning home she will conduct a series of trainings and seminars.
Best wishes to them!

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President signed the Law “About the rights and guarantees for persons with disabilities”
President of the Kyrgyz Republic has signed the law “About the rights and guarantees for persons with disabilities”.

This law aims to improve social protection of persons with disabilities, provide them with equal with other citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic possibilities to practice their rights and freedoms, avoid restrictions in their lives.
Source: 24.kg, 12 April 2008

UN adopted the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
The General Assembly of the United Nations in the beginning of June, 2008 approved the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. It became the first universal international legal document aiming to protect the rights of persons with various kinds of permanent physical, mental, intellectual or sensor limitations. The convention contains 50 articles that protect and encourage the rights of the disabled, decrease discrimination towards them, provide them with rights to work, health services, education and full participation in society life, and also access to justice, inviolability of person, freedom from exploitation and abuse, and freedom of movement.
Source: 24.kg, 16 June 2008

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The new law about social order accepted
The law accepted in the second reading on 5th June this year intends to involve non-commercial organisations in realisation of government social programs through placing on a competitive basis and implementation the government social orders. This will also allow the government to essentially increase the efficiency of implementation of social programs and to involve in social sphere additional human, material and financial resources from non-government sources and it will partially reduce dependence of the non-governmental organisations on foreign funding.

The Minister of labour and social development of the Kyrgyz Republic Uktomkhan Abdullaeva supporting the law, underlined that “now in Kyrgyzstan, some social establishments, children’s homes, boarding schools, houses for aged people opened by the donor funding and the international organisations are on the verge of closing because of the termination of their financing by the foreign organisations. So why can’t we support the efforts of non-governmental organisations and public associations which will render social services to the
population and care for certain number of the aged, homeless children or the disabled who cannot be accommodated in the formal establishments now since there are no places or shortage of funds?”.

Similar laws has been successfully working for a long time in the countries of Europe, in Kazakhstan and 6 federal areas of Russia. Source:
Source: “The third sector” 16 (42), June 2008

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Japanese agency for international cooperation plans to open a centre for people with disabilities
“The Japanese agency for international cooperation (JICA) plans to open in Kyrgyzstan a centre for people with disabilities”, – informed today at a press conference Uktomkhan Abdullaeva, the Minister of labour and social development of KR. According to her, there is the Asian-Pacific centre on problems of the disabled located in Japan. It is going to expand its activities in Central Asia. “After a working visit by Kyrgyz delegation to Japan it decided to open a head office in Kyrgyzstan for the countries of CA. It will bring to the republic additional investments. After the discussion of details of opening of the centre in October 2008 an international conference will take place in which well-known people with disabilities will take part”, – says Uktomkhan Abdullaeva.

As Minister of labour and social development KP emphasizes, such decision was affected by the new law “About the rights and guarantees of people with disabilities” recently passed by the government. “We have excluded articles from it that this category of people cannot work. Their number in workforce should make not less than 5 percent”, – said Uktomhan Abdullaeva.
Source: 24.kg, 22.05.08

Projects on employment for disabled people
We have to break the stereotype that disabled people are defective, said Edward Vinter, the executive director of Eurasia Foundation in Central Asia (EFCA). According to his words, disabled people in Kyrgyzstan are especially vulnerable group of population as being full members of society they simply cannot get a job. Many businessmen, in his opinion, are just confident that the disabled cannot work properly. In this regard, there are now some projects in Kyrgyzstan aiming to render assistance to disabled people in work search. In particular, the Eurasia Foundation in CA together with the Republican independent association of disabled women has
started cooperation with businesses of Bishkek and their management in granting workplaces for disabled people. There will also be a vacancy fair in Bishkek for people with disabilities.

Besides that, today the World Bank and EFCA declared winners of the Program of small grants of 2008 in Kyrgyzstan. “It is intended for the local organisations of a civil society. For 1996-2007 we have given out 121 small grants for a total sum of $315 thousand”, – said the chief executive of Fund Eurasia in the Central Asia Edward Vinter. Thirteen organisations have become winners.
Source: 24.kg

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The Japanese fund of reduction of poverty is intended to support disabled children
The Minister of Education and Science Ishenkul Boldzhurova presented a law providing such a grant recently at a committee meeting on international affairs and inter-parliamentary communications of the parliament of KR. She said, that in 2005 the ministry of education and science requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support children with disabilities. “This project is supported by the Japanese Fund on reduction of poverty which will allocate $1 million, $50 thousands are provided by our government”, – added Ishenkul Boldzhurova.

The minister informed, that in the republic there are now about 19 thousand disabled children of which 250 children study at comprehensive schools in KR, in addition three thousand children study at the special boarding schools.

Ishenkul Boldzhurova noted that grant money will go on preparation of methodical manuals for schools and future teachers for training children with disabilities. According to her, for implementing the future project 35 comprehensive schools all over the country have already been selected – 5 in each region of the country, and also four boarding schools (internats) and two kindergartens.
Source: 24.kg, 15.04.2008

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Children on holiday in Issyk Kul
Thanks to allocated 50 holiday vouchers by the Kyrgyzstan Federation of Trade unions the Association of Parents of Disabled Children organised on 4 – 25 July holiday for members of the Association, including 50 children ith special needs. Children’s recreational centre “Ulan” located near Balykchy accommodated them, and under the HealthProm project “Supporting young disabled children and their families in KR” funded by the Big Lottery Fund transportation expenses for all children have been covered.

The recreational centre can accommodate about 250 people. Besides swimming on lake, there were joint cultural events organised for children, which promoted integration of disabled children with other children, and also promoted tolerance among their peers.

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Grants
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan) on behalf of the Canadian Foundation announces call for applications for small grants program for Central Asia.

The main areas: poverty reduction, sustainable development, increase participation of women, protection the children’s rights, capacity building for organisations, environment.

The maximum size of a grant is $20,000. The general grant pool is $50,000.

Projects should be short-term ending and presenting a financial report until 1st March 2009. For additional information please write to Anna Zhugan on: Anna. Zhugan@international.gc.ca

Bradley Foundation contests
Bradley Foundation supports: conducting annual events, holding conferences and seminars, purchasing equipment, general support, training, investments related to a project, publications, researches, stipends, development of educational programs.

Applications accepted: 1 March, 1 July, 1 September, 1 December each year.

The size of a grant: from $100 up to $550,000.

Priority areas of support: development of civic sense – projects can be aimed at any sphere of public life (economy, politics, culture, civil society), but they should advance citizenship to the bottom idea of elections and vote. For example, these can be projects showing increased public participation, political or academic research, media projects and others. Building projects and individuals are not financed.

Application procedure can be found at the Fund’s site. Results of selection appear in February, May-June, September and November, depending on application submission. More information can be found at: http://www.bradleyfdn.org/
Source: “the Third sector” 16 (42), June 2008

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Global Forum for Inclusion 2008: Transforming Rights into Action, Nov 17-26, 2008

Posted on 26 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Families, Human Rights, Inclusion, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The following open letter of invitation comes from Diane Richler, President of Inclusion International.

GLOBAL FORUM FOR INCLUSION 2008: Transforming Rights into Action. 17-26 Nov 2008.

The Forum for Inclusion 2008: Transforming Rights into Action is Co-Hosted by Inclusion International and the Canadian Association for Community Living

To be held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Canada in November 2008, this Forum will engage self-advocates, families, activists, professionals and partners from around the world. Focused on the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Forum will look at how to transform rights into actions that lead to full inclusion and citizenship for people with intellectual disabilities.

Several events will take place in Ottawa: International Gathering of Families (November 17-18); International Gathering of Self-Advocates (November 17-18); International Conference: Putting the UN Convention into Action for People with Intellectual Disabilities (November 18-19); and Inclusion in Focus: Spotlight on Canada, at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Canadian Association for Community Living (November 19-21). These events will be followed by study tours in Canada and the United States.

For information on these events, registration, accommodation and more please visit:
WWW.INCLUSION2008.COM Conference information is available in English, French, or Spanish.

If you need letters of invitation or have questions concerning your attendance, please contact
Raquel González R.Gonzalez@uel.ac.uk

We hope to see you there!

Diane Richler
President of Inclusion International



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UN Launches Blog-Based Discussion on Inclusion and Development

Posted on 9 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Inclusion, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please direct inquiries to the email addresses provided in the announcement below, not to We Can Do. Dirija por favor las preguntas a los correos electronicos abajo, no a We Can Do. Veuillez diriger les questions vers les email address fournis ci-dessous, pas a We Can Do.

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Dear Colleagues and Partners,

The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a renewed commitment of the United Nations to improving the situation of people with disabilities, wherever they are. A man, a woman, or a child suffering from any kind of disability is much more likely to be poor, unemployed or discriminated against than a person without a disability. The disparity is even starker in developing countries.

More than 50 United Nations Development Program (UNDP) country offices in recent years have implemented programmes to recognize and respect the rights of persons living with disabilities, to provide them with training to help navigate better in life and to stand a better chance to be employed, to improve their participation in decision-making, to address the needs of millions of people who became disabled because of devastating conflicts and disasters. This year, UNDP made a commitment at the highest level to consolidate and strengthen our work to support persons with disabilities. On the other hand we are also looking at UNDP as employer and are decided to make our organization more accessible for employees, partners, and guests living with a disability.

In that context, we invite you to a blog-based discussion on Inclusion and Disability, to be held from 9 June to 9 July 2008. The blog-based discussion departs from traditional discussion methods. It is hosted on an interactive collaborative space hosted by UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre and enables each participant to share their views and resources. The lead
moderators will be:

  • Lance Clark, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Serbia
  • Milena Isakovic, Programme Officer, UNDP Serbia
  • Marielza Oliveira, Programme Advisor, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Louise Nylin, Human Rights Advisor, Bratislava Regional Centre
  • Susanne Milcher, Social Inclusion Advisor, Bratislava Regional Centre
  • Ronald Wiman, author of the Manual on Inclusive Planning, Senior Social Development Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and STAKES, Finland
  • Geraldine Glassman, HR Associate, BOM/OHR/Staff Wellbeing Unit

To enrich the discussion, we encourage you to invite your colleagues and partners from UN agencies, the civil society, governments and media.

The outcomes of this discussion will help develop a UNDP policy and programming guidance document, as well as help formulate a more inclusive human resource strategy of UNDP.

To participate or contribute to the discussion, please notify by sending an e-mail to pr-net@groups.undp.org or to martin.santiago@undp.org

The specific details on how to participate will be shared on Monday 9 June.

We look forward to your participation.

Best regards,

Selim Jahan
Martin Santiago
Director, Poverty Practice
Director, Office of Human Resources

Co-chairs of UNDP’s Task Force on Disability

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Chers Collègues et Partenaires,

L’ adoption de la Convention sur les Droits des Personnes Handicapées marque le renouvellement de l’engagement des Nations Unies à améliorer les conditions de vie des personnes handicapées, où qu’ils soient. Un homme, une femme ou un enfant affecté par une forme d’handicap court plus que d’autres, en pleine possession de leurs moyens, le risque d’être pauvre, sans emploi ou victime de discrimination. La différence est encore plus frappante dans les pays en développement.

Au cours des dernières années, plus de 50 bureaux de pays du PNUD ont mis en œuvre des programmes visant à reconnaître et respecter les droits des personnes handicapées, à leur fournir la formation nécessaire à pouvoir mieux se diriger dans la vie et être plus en mesure d’être recruté pour emploi, à augmenter leur participation dans la prise de décision, à répondre aux besoins de millions de personnes qui sont devenues victimes d’un handicap à la suite de conflits et catastrophes dévastateurs. Cette année, c’est à l’échelon le plus élevé que le PNUD s’est engagé à consolider et renforcer notre travail d’appui aux personnes handicapées. En outre, c’est aussi en tant qu’employeur que nous examinons le rôle du PNUD et nous sommes déterminés à faire en sorte que notre organisation soit plus accessible aux employés, partenaires et hôtes souffrant d’un handicap.

Dans ce contexte, nous vous invitons à une discussion sur le thème de L’Intégration et le Handicap hébergée sur un blog et prévue du 9 Juin au 9 Juillet 2008. Une discussion à partir d’un blog se démarque de méthodes traditionnelles de discussion. Elle sera hébergée sur un espace collaboratif interactif aménagé par le Centre Régional de Bratislava du PNUD et donne à chaque participant l’occasion de partager son point de vue et ses ressources. Les principaux modérateurs seront:

  • Lance Clark, Représentant Résident PNUD et Coordonateur Résident de l’ONU, PNUD Serbie
  • Milena Isakovic, Administrateur de Programme, PNUD Serbie
  • Marielza Oliveira, Conseiller pour les Programmes, Bureau régional d’Amérique Latine et des Caraïbes
  • Louise Nylin, Conseiller pour les Droits de l’Homme, Centre Régional de Bratislava
  • Susanne Milcher, Conseiller en matière d’Intégration Sociale, Centre Régional de Bratislava
  • Ronald Wiman, auteur du Manual on Inclusive Planning, (Manuel de Planification de l’Intégration) Conseiller principal en matière de Développement Social, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et STAKES, Finlande
  • Geraldine Glassman, Associé RH, BOM/OHR/Staff Wellbeing Unit (cellule de bien-être du personnel)

Nous vous encourageons à enrichir la discussion en invitant vos collègues et partenaires d’agences onusiennes, de la société civile, des gouvernements et des médias.

Les résultats de cette discussion contribueront tant à l’élaboration d’un document d’orientation de politique et de programmation du PNUD, qu’à la formulation d’une stratégie de ressources humaines plus intégrante au sein du PNUD.

Pour participer ou contribuer à la discussion, prière de nous en avertir en envoyant un mail à pr-net@groups.undp.org ou à martin.santiago@undp.org.

Les détails spécifiques sur les modalités de participation seront communiqués le lundi 9 Juin.

Dans l’attente de votre participation.

Meilleures salutations,

Selim Jahan
Martin Santiago
Directeur, Pratique de la Lutte contre la Pauvreté
Directeur, Bureau des Ressources Humaines

Co-présidents de l’équipe spéciale duPNUD œuvrant sur les personnes handicapées

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Estimados colegas y socios,

La adopción de la Convención sobre los Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad marca un compromiso renovado de las Naciones Unidas a mejorar la situación de las personas con alguna discapacidad, sean de donde sean. Es mucho más probable que un hombre, mujer o niño que padezca cualquiera discapacidad sea pobre, desempleado o discriminando que una persona sin ninguna discapacidad. La disparidad es incluso más dura en los países en vías de desarrollo.

Durante los últimos años más de 50 oficinas de la UNDP en diferentes países han implementado programas para reconocer y respetar los derechos de las personas con alguna discapacidad, para suministrarles la formación necesaria para ayudarles a navegar por la vida con más facilidad y para que tengan más oportunidades de empleo, para su mejor participación en la toma de decisiones, y además los programas tratan de dirigirse a las necesidades de los miles de personas que son discapacitadas por causa de conflictos y desastres devastadores.

Este año la UNDP se está comprometido al nivel más alto, para consolidar y reforzar nuestro trabajo de apoyo a personas discapacitadas. Por otro lado, estamos también viendo a la UNDP como empleador y estamos decididos en hacer que nuestra organización sea más accesible a empleados, socios e invitados con discapacidades.

En este contexto, os invitamos a una discusión basada en un blog sobre Inclusión y Discapacidad, que tendrá lugar desde el 9 de junio hasta el 9 de julio de 2008. La discusión en un blog se desvía de los métodos tradicionales de discusión. Se encuentra en un espacio interactivo colaborativo presentado por el Centro Regional de la UNDP en Bratislava y permite que cada participante pueda compartir sus puntos de vista y sus recursos. Los moderadores clave serán:

  • Lance Clark, UNDP Representante Residente y Coordinador Residente, UNDPSerbia
  • Milena Isakovic, Oficial de Programa, UNDP Serbia
  • Marielza Oliveira, Asesor de Programa, Agencia Regional para América Latina y el Caribe
  • Louise Nylin, Asesor Derechos Humanos, Centro Regional de Bratislava
  • Susanne Milcher, Asesor de Inclusión Social, Centro Regional de Bratislava
  • Ronald Wiman, autor delManual on Inclusive Planning, Asesor Superior de Desarrollo Social, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y STAKES, Finlandia
  • Geraldine Glassman, Asociada de Recursos Humanos, BOM/OHR/Unidad del Bienestar de Empleados

Para enriquecer la discusión, os animamos a invitar a vuestros colegas y socios de las agencias de la ONU, la sociedad civil, los gobiernos y la prensa.

Los resultados de esta discusión ayudarán a desarrollar un documento de orientación de política y programación además de ayudar a formular una estrategia de recursos humanos de la UNDP más inclusiva.

Para participar o contribuir a la discusión, por favor, notificarnos con un correo electrónico a pr-net@groups.undp.org o responder a martin.santiago@undp.org.

Los detalles específicos de cómo participar estarán disponibles el lunes 9 de junio.

Esperamos vuestra participación.

Saludos

Selim Jahan
Martin Santiago
Director, Poverty Practice
Director, Office of Human Resources
Co-chairs of UNDP’s Task Force on Disability



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Listing Your Organization in UN Enable Website

Posted on 9 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , |

The United Nations is currently building an online list of civil society organizations that include persons with disabilities in their work, in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and network building. If you would like your organization to be listed on the United Nations Enable website, kindly reply to enable@un.org with the following information by Monday 16 June 2008 (with the Subject: civil society contacts)

  1. Organization name
  2. Organization website address
  3. Country or region of activities

Please note that a disclaimer will be included on the website stating the following: ‘The below contacts and information are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute endorsement of or an approval by the United Nations of any of the products, services, or opinions of the corporation, organization, or individual. The United Nations bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of their statements and opinions.’

Thank you for your time and interest.

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INFORMATIONAL RESOURCE: UN Human Rights Disability Section

Posted on 21 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, News, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has launched a disability section within their web site. Its purpose is to strengthen the work of the United Nations OHCHR on disability-related issues. It will promote the development of long-term projects to integrate disability issues into international treaty monitoring bodies, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is available in English, Spanish, and French.

At the OHCHR disability section web site, readers can find information about a range of human rights treaties that touch upon disability issues; the text of a study on human rights and disability; information about various committees that monitor how well human rights are implemented and what is being done to ensure that disability issues are integrated into their activities; links to disability-related speeches by the high commissioner of human rights; and links to statements by disability leaders and country government representatives on the occasion that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was first opened for countries to sign and ratify.



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NEWS: Advocates urge UN Social Development Commission to Make Development Agenda Disability-Inclusive

Posted on 18 March 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Inclusion, News, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In February 2008, delegates urged the United Nations Social Development Commission to help ensure that people with disabilities are included in efforts to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in developing countries.

A panel of experts with disabilities pointed out that people who are poor are at higher risk for acquiring disabilities due to poor nutrition, health care, and living conditions. Meanwhile, people who have disabilities are at higher risk for poverty because they encounter barriers to education, employment, and public services.

The Commission also was reminded that people with disabilities have the same desire and rights as everyone else to feel needed and be part of society. This makes it critical to remove barriers to the participation of people with disabilities and mainstream their concern into overall development efforts in developing countries. Doing so improves the lives of people with disabilities and also improves society as a whole by increasing productivity.

A more detailed summary of each speaker’s remarks to the UN Social Development Commission, and the outcome, is available at

http://media-newswire.com/printer_friendly_1061037.html



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PUBLICATION: Promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Posted on 26 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Children, Cross-Disability, Education, Employment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Inclusion, Policy & Legislation, Rehabilitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rehabilitation International’s publication, International Rehabilitation Review, has published a special edition focused on promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). People with disabilities, advocates, disability experts, and human rights experts, all contributed 20 articles to the December 2007, 48-page edition.

The CRPD is the first comprehensive international legislation to focus on protecting the human rights of people with disabilities. It needs to be ratified by 20 countries before it will take full legal force; it has now been ratified by 17 countries.

Several of these articles celebrate the heavy involvement of the disability community and various disability and human rights organizations in promoting the CRPD. Other articles discuss the relevance of the CRPD to themes such as promoting inclusive education; including people with disabilities in programs to prevent HIV/AIDS; the importance of habilitation and rehabilitation to empowerment; and how the CRPD may help countries bring more people with disabilities into the work force.

Some more examples of articles included in the December 2007 issue of the International Rehabilitation Review include the following:

An article entitled “A Unified Disability Community: The Key to Effective Implementation of the Convention” by Maria Veronica Reina and Stefan Tromel highlights the importance of people with disabilities themselves being actively involved in ensuring that the CRPD actively protects the human rights of disabled people around the world.

Author Ann M. Veneman discusses the importance of children with disabilities in the CRPD in her article, “The UN Disability Rights Convention: Moving Children with Disabilities Center Stage.”

Of particular relevance to We Can Do readers in the international development field is the article “Toward Inclusive Development: The Implementation Challenge,” by Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo. This article calls for country governments and development organizations to incorporate the principles of the CRPD into their plans, programs, and policies, including those that fight poverty.

Anne Hawker and Sebenzile Matsebula discuss the importance of mobilizing women with disabilities to successfully implementing the CRPD in “Women with Disabilities: A Call to Action.”

In some countries, people with certain disabilities are denied the right to open their own bank account, or to say “no” to medical treatment that they don’t want. Article 12 of the CRPD can help, says Tina Minkowitz in her article, “Legal Capacity: Fundamental to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

Once the CRPD takes legal force, then what? Governments will need people with disabilities themselves to monitor how well the CRPD is implemented in their countries. The article “Interational Monitoring: The Right to Inclusion, The Obligation to Participate” by Kirsten Young and Shantha Rau, discusses how.

This special issue of Rehabiliation International’s International Rehabilitation Review can be downloaded in PDF format (1.8 Mb) at
http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_web.pdf

Or you can downlaod it in Word format (233 Kb) at
http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_WORDversion.doc



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NEWS: World Federation for Mental Health Endorses Intl Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 17 February 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, News, Psychiatric Disabilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

World Federation for Mental Health

MEMBER ASSEMBLY ENDORSES UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The WFMH Member Assembly, meeting in Hong Kong SAR China on August 20, 2007, endorsed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and urged national governments throughout the world to embrace and implement the provisions of the Convention.

(To view the full text of the Convention and other important information, visit http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=3D150)

The Resolution adopted by the WFMH Member Assembly, as submitted by its Voting Member organization Mental Health America (USA), reads as follows:

WHEREAS the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus on December 13, 2006, a landmark treaty to promote and protect the rights of the world’s 650 million people with disabilities;

and

WHEREAS mental impairments are explicitly included in the treaty and are among the most prevalent and most disabling of all health conditions;

and

WHEREAS the U N Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will require ratifying nations “to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity” and promote awareness of the capabilities of those who are disabled

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the World Federation for Mental Health support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

http://wfmh.com/00policyrights.htm



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RESOURCE: Teaching Kit on International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Posted on 24 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A growing number of international organizations are producing training materials to help people better understand the international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD). One of these is Handicap International, which has a teaching kit available as a resource that organizations can use to train people on the CRPD.

The teaching kit” includes visual power point presentations, Word document files, and PDF files that cover various aspects of the convention. Contents include:

1. Basic concepts of disability: This section provides key figures on the theme of disability; and the shift from a “medical” or charity perspective of disability to a human rights based model of disability. (Those interested in this topic may also wish to read the paper “Disability Movement from Charity to Empowerment

2. Basic concepts of human rights: covers the definition of human rights; the difference between civil and political rights versus economic, social, and cultural rights; and the role of United Nations (UN) bodies in the field of human rights.

3. International treaties on human rights and disability: this section provides information on international human rights treaties relevant to people with disabilities; the role of standard rules on equalizing opportunities for disabled people; the ineffectiveness of international texts for people with disabilities; and the reasons why the new convention was drafted.

4. The process of elaboration of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: here, readers will find the reasons why it became necessary to draft a legally binding convention on people with disabilities; the initial resolution calling to draft the convention based on prior work done in the fields of social developman, human rights, and non-discrimination; the drafting process of the convention; and the crucial role played by civil society in the drafting process.

5. Contents of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: this section explains the structure of the convention and the presentation of the rights in it; general principles for how the convention can help states and civil society respect the fundamental rights of disabled people; opportunities for people with disabilities to be involved in making decisions that have a direct impact on them; and important concepts such as prohibiting all discrimination on the basis of disability.

6. The international undertaking of States: this section covers the difference between signing a convention and ratifying it; how states can limit their support for a convention by expressing reservations; the possibility that a state could refuse to apply the convention even though they already have agreed to support it. Civil society (i.e., organizations that are not part of the government) are important in making sure that countries implement the CRPD.

7. Implementation and monitoring of the Convention: this section explains what states must do at the national level to implement the convention; how country governments and civil society can cooperate at the international level to help implement the convention; how to help monitor implementation to ensure that countries respect their obligations; the possibility for individuals or NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to lodge complaints if rights protected under the convention are violated; why it is vital to include people with disabilities in human development programs (for example, in fighting poverty) in order to effectively implement the CRPD.

8. The civil society involvement in the implementation of the Convention: the last section address the challenges that confront civil society in helping implement the CRPD; and what is necessary before it is possible to promote the rights of disabled people.

The Handicap International teaching kit is available at:

http://www.handicap-international.fr/en/our-approach-to-disability/une-convention-internationale/kit-pedagogique-sur-la-convent/index.html (click where it says “click here” on the page)

In addition to this resource, individuals and organizations involved with training or advocacy efforts for the CRPD may also wish to consult prior We Can Do posts on ratification and implementation toolkits from Disabled People International; a handbook on the CRPD for parliamentarians; the UN Enable website on the CRPD; the CRPD in plain language for people who have difficulty understanding the original text; and a child-friendly version of the CRPD.


Most of the information for this post was taken from the Handicap International teaching kit on the CRPD. We Can Do was first alerted to this teaching kit through a bi-monthly newsletter from AskSource.info. AskSource.info has an extensive library of resources and materials relevant to advocates and to international development professionals involved with issues related to health, or disability, or both in developing countries.


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NEWS: Sudan nationwide polio immunization drive

Posted on 23 October 2007. Filed under: Health, Mobility Impariments, News, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

As some We Can Do readers are well aware, polio, a potentially deadly disease that can leave its survivors with paralysis, is not yet entirely eradicated from the face of the Earth. Rich countries generally have been polio free for many decades–and even some developing countries have been polio free for many years as well. But in a few remaining countries, polio does occasionally flare up from time to time. And probably anyone with a sufficently strong network of contacts among the international disability community eventually encounters a number of commited, active young advocates in developing countries who happen to have been paralyzed due to polio.

United Nations agencies and Sudanese health officials have recently announced a massive nationwide polio immunization campaign. Sudan had previously been declared polio-free in 2005, but the potentially deadly virus was recently discovered again.

For more detail, follow the link to:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24358&Cr=polio&Cr1=


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New Handbook on Disability Rights

Posted on 21 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Human Rights, News, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

UNITED NATIONS

Press Release

OHCHR, IPU, and UNDESA launch handbook for the new Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

Geneva, 8 October 2007

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) recently launched a handbook on the newly adopted Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, aimed at raising the awareness of this new legal instrument among parliamentarians. The handbook will particularly enable legislators to become more familiar with the Convention and provide them with the tools to facilitate its ratification and subsequent implementation.

Persons with disabilities – some 650 million worldwide – remain amongst the most marginalized in every society. While the international human rights framework has changed lives everywhere, persons with disabilities have not reaped the same benefits. To fill this gap, the United Nations General Assembly adopted in December 2006 the new Convention and its accompanying Optional Protocol.

“Parliaments and parliamentarians have a key role to play in promoting and protecting human rights. This Handbook is our contribution to help bring down barriers, remove prejudices, and outlaw discrimination in the area of disability. We stand behind the new Convention as an important tool to help persons with disabilities achieve the transition from exclusion to equality”, said the IPU Secretary General, Mr. Anders B. Johnsson.

“The Convention, the first human rights treaty of the new century, marks a historic step in ensuring that disabled persons enjoy full participation in society and can contribute to the community to their full potential. I hope that the Handbook, in addition to raising awareness, will foster the speedy ratification of the Convention so to end the protection vacuum that has, in practice, affected persons with disabilities”, said Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The Convention has enormous potential to advance the great goals of human rights and development for all. It provides a framework where all stakeholders can work together to create policy and practices that lead to societies where persons with disabilities are fully appreciated, acknowledged, and encouraged to flourish. Parliamentarians have a crucial role to perform in this effort, hence the launch of this Handbook”, added Mr. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs.

The English version of the Handbook was launched October 8, 2007, before some 600 legislators attending the 117th IPU Assembly in Geneva. French, Spanish, and Arabic translations were launched in spring 2008. The Handbook will also be available online on the websites of IPU, OHCHR and UNDESA.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will enter into force after twenty ratifications are received. As of today, 117 countries have signed the Convention and 7 have ratified it. In addition, 67 countries have signed, and 3 countries ratified, the optional protocol. The CRPD prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, with specific provisions related to rehabilitation, habilitation, education, employment, health and access to information, public facilities and services. The Optional Protocol addresses how individuals or groups can seek redress for violations of the CRPD once national remedies are exhausted. The original text of the CRPD is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, or Chinese. The plain-language version of the CRPD is available at http://tinyurl.com/36ofsl.

Advocates are able to use a pair of guidebooks from Disabled People International to help them persuade their governments to sign, ratify, and fully implement the CRPD. The guidebooks–a ratification toolkit and an implementation toolkit–are available in English, Spanish, or French at http://www.icrpd.net/.

Established in 1889 and with its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IPU – the oldest multilateral political organization in the world – currently brings together 147 affiliated parliaments and seven associated regional assemblies. The world organization of parliaments has an Office in New York, which acts as its Permanent Observer to the United Nations.

The Office of the High Commissioner is the principal United Nations department responsible for United Nations human rights activities. It is mandated to promote and protect all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

The main development department of the United Nations, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) works on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues, with the core mission of promoting development for all.

Contacts : IPU: Ms. Luisa Ballin, IPU Information Officer. Tel.: +41 22 919 41 16, e-mail: lb@mail.ipu.org or cbl@mail.ipu.org. IPU website: www.ipu.org.

OHCHR: Mr. Yvon Edoumou, Information Officer. Tel. +41 22 917 9383; e-mail: yedoumou@ohchr.org. OHCHR website: www.ohchr.org;

UN: Mr. Edoardo Bellando, Information Officer. Tel. +1 212 963 8275; e-mail: bellando@un.org. UN website: www.un.org.

Most of the text for this announcement is taken from a press release. We Can Do modified this press release particularly to add background information on the convention and to add links to the handbook and other useful information, as well as to alter verb tense as relevant. It was edited in June 2008 to note the availability of Spanish, French, and Arabic translations.

Also see a subsequent United Nations story from after the launch.


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Reminder Call for Abstracts for CONFERENCE on UN Convention

Posted on 19 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A couple of weeks ago, We Can Do posted an announcement from the organizers of a conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The organizers have sent out a reminder notice, posted here below:

A final reminder that the deadline for the Call for Abstracts for the above Conference is the close of play on Monday 22 October 2007

More information the conference and an on-line submission for the call for papers can be found on: www.lcdisability.org/conference2008info.

Summary of information on the Call for Papers:

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a Call for Action on Poverty, Lack of Access and Discrimination

19–22 May 2008

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organized by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Leonard Cheshire International (LCI)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday 22 October 2007

The conference will support governments’ efforts to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and seek to ensure that the process of implementation is transparent, meaningful and fully inclusive. The meeting will examine what changes are required to combat the poverty, lack of access and discrimination that people with disabilities face. It will also draw up a global call for action to ensure that persons with disabilities have full and equal enjoyment of all human rights.

The conference is the second in a series of joint UN Regional Commission and LCI global meetings on disability. It will provide a platform for debate on policies, barriers to inclusion, best practice and the formulation of concrete strategies for the implementation of the UNCRPD.

Panel sessions and workshops will explore good practice and identify strategies for the implementation of the new Convention to combat the challenges of poverty, lack of access and discrimination.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Conference Secretariat is now open for abstracts for proposed papers concerning disability and poverty, lack of access or discrimination. These closely linked and interdependent themes constitute lines of action that flow throughout the articles of the Convention. Within each theme, it is suggested that papers could approach the theme from one or more of the following perspectives:

1. Innovative policies
2. Good practice
3. Catalysts for change
4. Situational report on research and the availability of data

Interested individuals can download the instructions and form for submitting abstracts at http://www.lcint.org/download.php?id=384 in Word document format. Abstracts should be submitted by 22 October 2007. Click on www.lcdisability.org/conference2008info for more information.


We Can Do obtained this announcement via the mailing list for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD).


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