Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Human rights and development for many years have been seen as separate processes. At times, they have been perceived as being in conflict with each other. As we progress towards achieving the UN SDGs, it is imperative to understand that human rights are not a ‘reward’ of development, but are critical to achieving development and that both are important to ensure the freedom, well-being, and dignity of all people.
Many countries still have restrictive laws for persons with disabilities that often affect daily activities. Such restrictions create barriers for persons with disabilities and limit opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency. In cases where laws exist, there are often gaps in implementing these laws. People may agree in principle that persons with disabilities have the right to basic services, but without legal enforcement, there is no access. Disability rights and advocacy helps to make persons with disabilities and the general public aware, so governments can be held accountable.
Program Focus Areas
STRENGTHEN AND CAPACITATE DPOs
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE: Increased capacity of DPOs to advocate equal rights and inclusion in services, policies, and programs of the Government of Ethiopia by 2023
PARTNER WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE: Improved knowledge and capacity of partner government organizations and directorates to mainstream inclusion in service delivery by 2023.
PARTNER WITH NATIONAL AND REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE: Increased knowledge and action on disability issues by human rights institutions by 2023.