African Union Continental Plan of Action for the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities - 2010 – 2019

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:

2.2.1.3 Women with disabilities 

Goal - Achieve full participation and equal rights for women with disabilities. 

Priority Actions 

Member States: 

  • 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 login to read