2018-03-09 | Re-thinking disability

Progreso hasta hoy: un balance de los 3 primeros años de gestión

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.

2018-02-22 | Re-thinking disability

Forced sterilization of young women and girls with disabilities is a crime, and must be eliminated

Forced sterilization of young women and girls with disabilities is a crime, and must be eliminated

Protecting their right to decide over their body and sexuality is essential to end the violence, exploitation and abuse against women.

2018-01-29 | Re-thinking disability

Progress so far: an overview of the first 3 years of mandate

Progress so far: an overview of the first 3 years of mandate

Now turning the 3rd year corner, Ms. Devandas is starting her second and final term as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. To mark the occasion, her team produced a summary of these first three first years of mandate, focusing on the priorities and strategies to advance towards them, and the progress made.
 

2017-09-21 | Promoting Citizenship

Kazakhstan has taken positive steps, but much more is needed

Kazakhstan has taken positive steps, but much more is needed

The positive steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system and provide universal health coverage are a step in the right direction. But the government must improve inclusion in the areas of education, legal capacity and political participation, and put an end to institutionalization and involuntary treatment of persons with disabilities. 

2017-06-29 | Socioeconomic inclusion

More and better information: a global priority for improving lives of persons with disabilities

More and better information: a global priority for improving lives of persons with disabilities

A data collection tool becomes the centerpiece of a call for urgent action by 25 States at the United Nations Headquarters. The statement reflects a growing international concern about persons with disabilities being invisible in the monitoring of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

2017-04-27 | Re-thinking disability

UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea

UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea

"A key opportunity to learn firsthand about national realities, laws, policies and programmes concerning persons with disabilities, and the challenges and opportunities the Government faces in implementing the CRPD"

2017-03-24 | Promoting Citizenship

"Existe una gran deuda con las personas con discapacidad"

"Existe una gran deuda con las personas con discapacidad"

En dialogo con el periódico costarricense La Nacion, la Relatora explica el mandato que recibio por parte del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas, y reflexiona acerca de los progresos alcanzados por el movimiento por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y los desafios pendientes. 

2017-03-03 | Promoting Citizenship

Panel Discussion on Equality and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities.

Panel Discussion on Equality and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities.

At the 34th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur paticipated in a panel discussion on Article 5 of the CRPD.

2016-12-13 | Re-thinking disability

2016 Social Forum: "All human life is precious and everyone is entitled to dignity"

2016 Social Forum: "All human life is precious and everyone is entitled to dignity"

The 2016 Social Forum took place from 3 to 5 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. This year's theme was the promotion and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.

2016-12-09 | Promoting Citizenship

Human rights under increasing attack worldwide

Human rights under increasing attack worldwide

Today, the very notion of human rights is under increasing attack. So-called populist movements are invoking nationalism and traditionalism to justify racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic and other forms of blatant discrimination, taking advantage also of the difficulties of the current economic climate.

2016-12-02 | Socioeconomic inclusion

Development agenda at risk unless States honour political and financial commitments, UN experts warn

Development agenda at risk unless States honour political and financial commitments, UN experts warn

Governments must move from rhetoric to action and urgently honour their political and financial commitments to development, a group of United Nations human rights experts has said in a joint statement* marking the 30thanniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development by the UN General Assembly, on Sunday 4 December. 

2016-10-26 | Socioeconomic inclusion

Times are changing: It's not just about benefiting, but contributing to development.

Times are changing: It's not just about benefiting, but contributing to development.

NEW YORK (26 October 2016) – States need to know how to ensure that persons with disabilities are both benefiting from and contributing to development, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, told the UN General Assembly, today.
 

2016-09-12 | Re-thinking disability

Guide for reporting about People with Disabilities

Guide for reporting about People with Disabilities

Are you going to talk/write about people with disabilities? Know how to use your words!
The Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment,GADIM, was created to encourage action and partnerships that promote more authentic and inclusive representation of persons with disabilities in the media and entertainment.

2016-09-07 | Promoting Citizenship

Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities

Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities

“Inclusive education is important not only for persons with disabilities, but also for the societies they live in, as it helps to combat discrimination, and to promote diversity and participation.”

2016-09-07 | Socioeconomic inclusion

Improving support services for persons with disabilities in Africa

Improving support services for persons with disabilities in Africa

The regional meeting will bring together experts, policy makers and advocates from a dozen African countries, to explore support servicesfor persons with disabilities, with a focus on community-based experiences.

2016-08-30 | Socioeconomic inclusion

Women and girls with disabilities need empowerment, not pity, UN experts tell States

Women and girls with disabilities need empowerment, not pity, UN experts tell States

The Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities has issued new guidance for States on how they can promote the empowerment of women with disabilities to enable them to participate in all spheres of life on an equal basis with others.

2016-07-01 | Promoting Citizenship

UN Women statement on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UN Women statement on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UN Women recognizes the unique and intersecting challenges that women with disabilities face. This makes it all the more critical that women with disabilities are fully represented on panels, committees, human rights treaty bodies and across all areas of leadership so that their voices are heard.

2016-06-29 | Socioeconomic inclusion

“Who is it for?” – UN experts call for a New Urban Agenda based on human rights for every one.

“Who is it for?” – UN experts call for a New Urban Agenda based on human rights for every one.

If it is not aimed at improving the lives of those living in poverty, in appalling conditions in ever-growing informal settlements--the homeless, and other who often experience discrimination and exclusion, persons with disabilities, older persons, women, the internally displaced, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, and refugees– then we must ask, who is it for?

Working together

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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