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Celebrating 10 years of the Convention on Disability Rights

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) by the United Nations General Assembly. The Convention has been ratified by 170 countries and established frameworks and reporting requirements to ensure the inclusion of all individuals with disabilities in social, political and economic life. The World Bank estimates that one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability making the Convention a critical accountability tool to ensuring the rights of a huge number of individuals worldwide.

Since the adoption of the Convention and due to the commitment of a huge number of disability advocates around the globe, there have been enormous strides in the advancement of disability rights and inclusion including having disability rights included in the Sustainable Development Goals, movements away from the institutionalisation of those with disabilities and the generation of action plans at the national level in several countries to create concrete strategies for disability inclusion. However, despite these advances, there is much work still to be done.

There are very real battles being fought to ensure adequate access and inclusion across all social situations, particularly legal interventions, health care, education, public transportation and employment and those with disabilities are still extremely vulnerable to poverty, exploitation and marginalisation. Particularly vulnerable are those with disabilities who are caught in the global forced migration crisis, facing the vulnerabilities associated with their migration status compounded with the vulnerabilities of their disability. The UN notes that forced migrants with disabilities are more likely to be ‘sidelined n every aspect of humanitarian assistance due to physical, environmental and societal barriers against accessing information, health and rehabilitation service and human rights protection’.

The anniversary of this groundbreaking tool is an opportunity to evaluate where the global community has succeeded and to celebrate those successes, but it is also an opportunity to review where we have fallen short and to double down on our commitment to ensuring inclusion and equity for those living with disabilities and to seeing those priorities work through national and international policies across the board.

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  • Engr. Anil Kumar Bhowmick says:

    I am from Bangladesh (a South Asian Country) leading a wheel chaired life for last 34 years (since January 1983). I have been working in GONOSHASTHAYA KENDRA (GK) for last 30 years and now in the position Director, Construction. My another identity is President of Spinal Chord Injured Development Association Bangladesh (SCIDAB).

    The status of Person with disabilities in Bangladesh and their rights is in progressive manner at this moment. Government of Bangladesh recently has passed a law for the Rights of the Person with Disability where mass inclusion of most of needs & rights in relevant field. But a law is not a solution unless its proper implementation. Till there is a lot of short fall to implement this law and in order to overcome from this short fall we are to go through the following actions-

    1. Issue a public gadget to make effective the law in all sector (Accessibility in all Health, Education, Business, Transports, Public places, Job sectors, Rehabilitation’s, all private institutes, etc.)
    2. Awareness development to all communities to include person with disability in all social activities
    3. Change the attitudes of common people to the person with disabilities ( to think and to take as a normal person like the others and not provide mercy but to encourage them to come to the main stream of the community./society.)
    4. Create opportunity for education, training with accessible environments.
    5. Create job opportunity in both government and private sectors.
    6. Crate opportunity to become a member of parliament and to make accessible all facilities in parliament.
    7. Inclusion of person with disability in all community leadership and committee to ensure the rights of person with disability.
    8. Inclusion of person with disability/their representatives in national policy making meting, national budget meeting etc.

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