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UNICEF, UN Women Release Final Report on Inequalities Consultation

The synthesis report of the global thematic consultation on addressing inequalities held from September 2012 to January 2013 is now available.

Download it from The World We Want website: ‘Synthesis Report on the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities’

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  1. My name is Musana Bernard a disabled who has trained in Community based rehabilitation, and worked with People with disabilities (pwds) at local and national level in Uganda and Kenya.
    I have reviewed the summary report on post 2015 consultation on inequalities moderated by UNICEF and UN Women, and below is my contribution with two recommendations and some actions at local, national and international level for consideration during the post 2015 development agenda debate.
    Key Recommendations:
    1. Given that many disabled people – men and women live in squalor, and work in deplorable conditions, a good living and working environment with specific emphasis on housing, security of tenure, land and property rights, as well as, access to basic services should be a key component of the post 2015 development agenda.

    2. The post 2015 development agenda should provide for an indicator(s) to track progress in development and reduction of inequalities against disabled people. For example in education there should be an indicator on enrollment retention and completion rates of disabled and children with special needs .
    Actions
    Local level
    Disabled people at the grassroots should come up with stronger and united voices thorough the formation disabled peoples organizations, which in return can organize local to local dialogues in order to bridge the gap between pwds and the local leadership. Second, community based organizations and disabled people’s organizations should join hands to address disability issues. Third, capacity building in leadership and management of organizations at the local level will go a long way to improve service delivery, with realistic work plans and monitoring mechanisms.
    National level
    National disabled organizations have to translate human rights laws into the local languages so that at least more disable people get to understand their human rights and demand better service delivery, and participation in development, politics and decision-making. Gender sensitivity must be observed, and disabled women empowered to participate in development activities at all levels. Workshops and seminars should be organized with the aim to sensitize the public on disability and gender related issues. M ore disabled women will be encouraged to form women’s organizations to respond these challenges. B ridging the gap between disabled educated women who are fewer in number and the majority uneducated women can be tackled thorough women movements. National and local level disabled organizations should initiate special women development programmes . Organize stakeholders’ conferences at all levels to discuss means and ways of eliminating these inequalities.
    Special attention should be paid to education and health of children with disabilities, especially deaf and dumb children, particularly in rural schools miss out on education because of lack of special needs teachers to respond to their needs. Blind children also lack education materials and equipment suitable to their needs in school. Furthermore, the current education systems has no room for slow learners.
    Disabled people men and women with qualifications should compete with temporarily abled -bodied people in the political arena. This will help the community to reduce negative attitudes towards disability.

    Posted by Bernard Musana | February 15, 2013, 10:37 am

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