Programmes - Action Plans
There are globally various initiatives and programmes being implemented to ensure that the rights of women and girls with disabilities are protected and promoted.
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities acknowledges that women and girls with disabilities experience multiple discrimination. This means that disabled women experience barriers and discrimination based on grounds of being a woman and having a disability.
With the launching of the WAND initiative, we aim to implement measures that comply with the following Articles of the UNCRPD:
- Article 6 - Women with disabilities
- Article 8 - Awareness Raising
- Article 9 – Accessibility
- Article 16 - Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse
- Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community
- Article 23 - Respect for home and the family
- Article 24 - Education
- Article 25 - Health
- Article 27 - Work and employment
Here is a brief outline on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Purpose of the Convention
The purpose of the present Convention is 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. Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
Article 6 - Women with disabilities
- States Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the present Convention.
Article 8 - Awareness Raising
Article 9 – Accessibility
Article 16 - Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse
Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community
Article 23 - Respect for home and the family
Article 24 Education
Article 25 Health
Article 27 - Work and employment
For more information, click here http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=259
Persons with disabilities from 13 countries in Africa state that they are “..Encouraged by the growing awareness and political willingness following the adoption of the UN CRPD, as a human rights and development instrument, signed by 45 African countries and ratified by 35..”
The Nairobi Declaration Post-2015 Development Agenda targets:
Gender equality and women's empowerment
13. “..Girls and Women with disabilities are facing multiple discriminations in many areas of family and community life and are more exposed to violence..”
14. “..We want the post 2015 development agenda to ensure that girls and women with disabilities are explicitly, adequately included and actively involved in all programs and policies aiming at gender equality and girls and women’s empowerment..”
The African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1999-2009) was adopted by the 35th Session of the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Algiers, Algeria in July 1999. The 1st AU Conference of Ministers of Social Development, which convened in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-31 October 2012, extended the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2010-2019. The goal of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2010 – 2019) is the full participation, equality and empowerment of people with disabilities in Africa.
Here are the African Union’s goal and priority actions for women with disabilities:
220.127.116.11 Women with disabilities
Goal - Achieve full participation and equal rights for women with disabilities.
- To raise public awareness on the rights of people with disabilities, especially focusing on women in rural areas;
- To develop programmes to address the needs of women with disabilities during the African Union Women’s Decade (2010 – 2020);
- To promote the inclusion of women with disabilities in all mainstream women’s organizations and programs