Rights of Persons with Disabilities

DTP recognises the potential that advocacy training and capacity building can play in accelerating implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD). DTP's flexible and participatory approach to teaching and learning can be well adapted to this purpose. DTP has been in discussion with DPO representatives with a view to developing a thematic capacity building program. Funding is sought to make this possible.

Purpose:

The key purpose of a DPO capacity building program on the rights of people with disability is to promote the effective implementation of the CRPD through:

  • Building the knowledge and skills of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) and advocates with disability;
  • Enabling the sharing of knowledge and experience between DPOs and advocates with disability;
  • Improving networking among human rights and disability rights movements;
  • Supporting the development and implementation of national and regional strategies.

 Program Context:

i)            Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

154 countries out of 193 UN countries have signed the CRPD, of which 126 have ratified or acceded to the CRPD. The CRPD is both a human rights document and a key development tool for people with disability[1].Key CRPD articles that underpin a capacity building program on the rights of people with disability include:

  • Article 4(3): requires governments to ensure that people with disability, through their representative organisations, are integral to decision-making processes that affect their lives.
  • Article 29: requires governments to ensure that people with disability can fully participate in political and public life, including through forming and joining DPOs to represent them at international, national, regional and local levels.
  • Article 32: requires governments to ensure that DPOs and people with disability are included in international cooperation programs and initiatives.