Lives worth living: fighting ableism
Based on a biased understanding of appearance, functioning and behaviour, many consider disability a misfortune that make life not worth living. To promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, we must dismantle social ableism and embrace disability as a positive aspect of the human experience.
The rights of older persons with disabilities
The world’s population is ageing. By 2050, people over the age of 60 are expected to account for 21 per cent of the global population. About half of them will live with a disability, making this the largest community of persons with disabilities—and one of the most stigmatized and neglected.
Deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities
The deprivation of liberty on the basis of disability is a human rights violation on a massive global scale. As this report illustrates, it is not a “necessary evil” but a consequence of the failure of States to ensure their obligations towards persons with disabilities.
In Kuwait's National Development Plan, launched in 2017, there were several projects aimed at promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities. But the country still needs a specific national strategy on disability to ensure that barriers against participation are lifted, and that a human rights-based approach to disability is adopted in all public policies.
Catalina Devandas Aguilar is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.
Since 2014, she was appointed by the United Nations to help realize the rights of persons with disabilities. Her appointment acknowledged a lifelong commitment to the promotion of human rights, and her trajectory defending the rights of persons with disabilities.Click here for more information
Las tres áreas temáticas principales del mandato
En San Sebastián,Catalina explica las prioridades temáticas de su trabajo como Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad.
Rethinking Power from a disability perspective at the TEDx Geneva
Lessons learned about how the most difficult barriers are not those in buildings, streets or the physical environment, but those emanating from a system of social values that deem persons with disabilities as less worthy and unable to lead meaningful lives.
UNDIS: the UN response to our demands for disability inclusion
The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, or UNDIS embodies UN's vision for disability inclusion. It involves commitments at the highest levels of the Organization, and it is a very important step to mainstreaming disability inclusion across the UN system and its work around the world.
To improve the situation of persons with disabilities, we need to work together. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in human rights and development work can only come about through shared understanding and cooperation.
For inquiries related to the work of the Special Rapporteur, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To communicate information regarding specific cases of violations of the rights of persons with disabilities, please go to the following section of the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights:
Office of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities:
150 route de Ferney, PO Box 2100
CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland