Kyrgyzstan: Activists Say Government Dithering on Disability Convention

When Maria Neboga’s daughter was diagnosed at birth with three debilitating neurological diseases, doctors urged her to commit the paralyzed baby to a state-run institution. “In our country, such children are considered unpromising and hopeless. Since my daughter’s birth, doctors have tried to convince me of that,” Neboga said. The 33-year-old single mother from Osh, […]

Include Women, Girls With Disabilities in Anti-Violence Efforts

New Resource on Gender-Based Violence for People With Disabilities (New York) – All governments should ensure that women and girls with disabilities are included in gender-based violence prevention and response programs, Human Rights Watch said today. Ahead of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015, Human Rights Watch has published a resource on gender-based violence designed […]

Equality for Persons with Disabilities in Political Elections

Jakarta, 2 February 2015 (Press release) – General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) held its 3rd Regional Dialogue, “Upholding the Political Rights of Person with  Disabilities – Enabling Accessible Elections”, on January 28 -29, at JS Luwansa Hotel, in Jakarta. More than 180 participants from 27 countries attended the conference which addressed issues vital to the political […]

Call for submissions of right to education on people with disabilities

Call for submissions: Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right to education for persons with disabilities, to be held on 15 April 2015, at Palais des Nations, Geneva The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was established in 2009 to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with […]

Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

The Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities is being organized by ESCAP in cooperation with the Government of India through the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2 to 3 March 2015 in New Delhi, India. The Session will be convened in pursuance of […]

Does a zero-deficit fiscal policy breed social equality?

(Montreal) February 5, 2015 The DisAbled Women’s Network / Le Réseau d’action des femmes handicapées (DAWN-RAFH) Canada, along with other disability rights groups are outraged to learn via “Le Devoir” that the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) was floating the idea of using funds normally dedicated to providing services for disabled students to pay […]

Kazakhstan ratifies CRPD

ASTANA: The Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Jan. 20 as part of the Kedergisiz Keleshek (Future without Barriers) program which is being spearheaded by the ruling Nur Otan party. President of the Kazakhstan Confederation of Disabled People Zhanat Omarbekova spoke about the […]

Zero Project Conference: Topic 2015 – Independent Living/ Political Participation

This year’s Zero Project Conference will kick off with an award ceremony for Innovative Practices and Policies 2015 that have advanced Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities at the United Nations Office in Vienna. A programme at a glance, an updated conference programme as well as a list of speakers can be […]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development

The 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD53) will take place from 4-13 February 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme for the 2015-2016 review and policy cycle will be “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”. Read the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Disability to the Commission

3WCDRR Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan

Realizing a disability-inclusive post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategy Key links: Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 3WCDRR, 14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan Letter from co-Chairs regarding additional open-ended negotiations on 26-27 January 2015 to continue work on the draft text of the Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (New) Further Streamlined Text (as negotiated until […]