Leaving no one behind: International cooperation to support disability inclusion
Since the CRPD was adopted, national and multilateral agencies, the private sector and foundations have increased their efforts to include disability in their work. But the effectiveness of their strategies and initiatives vary significantly. This report explore their different approaches and provides advice for more effective action.
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.
The right to health
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.
Support services for persons with disabilities
For most persons with disabilities, support services are necessary preconditions to live and fully participate in the community, with choices equal to others. In this report, the Special Rapporteur elaborates on the need for their inclusion in national policies and legislation, and provides guidelines for their implementation.
This report explains the economic case for disability-inclusive policies, relying on mounting evidence on the cost of their exclusion. Disability-inclusive development strategies not only improve the situation of persons with disabilities. They are also better for the economy, contribuing to the development of society as a whole.
Participation of persons with disabilities
Participation is a core human rights principle and a basic condition of democratic societies. It cannot be confined to basic voting rights, but must also include all aspects and levels of decision-making. This report makes the case in support of participation mechanisms that fully reflect the diversity of the community as the cornerstone for better policies and services, and more effective governance.
Inclusive Social Protection
This report explains how Social Protection systems contribute to social and economic development, stressing their importance as a key strategy to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, reduce poverty and inequality, and enhance human potential.
vision, methods and priorities
The Special Rapporteur defines priority areas, scope of work and vision to fulfill her mandate. The overarching message is clear: persons with disabilities are holders of human rights on an equal basis with others, and we must work together to promote their inclusion from a human rights-based approach.
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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