The right to health
In her latest report, the Special Rapporteur examines the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities in their interactions with health providers and services, and how those challenges hinder development at personal and societal levels.
Universal legal capacity, to ensure equal recognition of persons with disabilities before the law
Around the world, experiences of peer support, advanced directives, advocacy and other support measures are showing the way to allow persons with disabilities to make their own decisions on all aspects of their lives. This is essential for living with dignity, according to one's values and preferences. The principle of Universal legal capacity protects this fundamental right, and ensures that all persons--with or without disabilities--enjoy the same rights and are equal before the law.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women with disabilities
Around the world, young women and girls with disabilities face great restrictions to access to services and education that are essential for leading healthy lives and minimize risks of gender-based violence. Protecting their right to decide over their own bodies and sexuality is critical in the global fight to end violence, exploitation and abuse against women.
The Governmnet of the DPRK has taken positive steps on disability issues, but there is still a long way to go to realize the rights of persons with disabilities: “I hope that my visit will generate further opportunities for constructive engagement to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities in the DPRK.”
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
UN Secretary General: "We need comprehensive review of System's responses to disability"
In his opening remarks at the 11th UN Conference of State Parties to the CRPD, Mr. Guterrez endorsed the need for a new policy and accountability framework to guide the UN's support for the rights of persons with disabilities.
Progress so far: an overview of the first 3 years of mandate
Ms. Devandas is in her 3rd year as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; a mandate she will hold until November 2020. This is a summary of the priorities and strategies established to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and of the progress made.
Progreso hasta hoy: un balance de los 3 primeros años de gestión
A tres años de su designación, Catalina Devandas está comenzando su segundo y último período como Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. Para conmemorar la ocasión, su equipo elaboró un resumen de lo acontecido hasta el día de hoy, centrándose en las prioridades y estrategias que se establecieron al inicio del mandato, y el progreso realizado.
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.
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