Open call for Challenge : How might we reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities?
Over one billion people have a disability around the world, and a disproportionate 80% live in poverty. Disabilities are diverse—some are visible, while others are not—and the experience of having a disability is different for everyone. Many may face challenges relating to accessibility and in some areas of the world, disability-related taboo and stigma often lead to socio-economic disempowerment, discrimination, and violence.
Poverty and disability are often linked by a cycle of hardship. People with disabilities may have limited access to health, education, livelihood opportunities, fair wages, and community support, preventing their full participation in society. Effects from the stigma, discrimination, and costs for rehabilitation or care affect not only the individuals, but also their families and children.
Some people with a disability experience multiple vulnerabilities that pose additional barriers. These populations include (but are not limited to) women and girls, people living in rural areas, and those living in areas of conflict or humanitarian crisis. Children with disabilities are almost four times as likely to experience violence than those without a disability.
While great progress has been made in some areas, there remains a lack of global commitment and investment to ensure that people with disabilities can live independently and with dignity. Their perspectives are often not heard by governments and other decision makers. Compounded by the lack of reliable disability-related data, the needs of people with disabilities are far too often overlooked. It’s critical that we accelerate towards the visions laid out in the The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, The UN Sustainable Development Goals, and other frameworks.
The challenge is being run to ensure that all voices are heard and that no one is left behind. In order for this to happen, there must be a global effort to increase understanding around disability and inclusion. Join this call to action: how might we reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities.
Diverse perspectives are key to solving problems, and invite organizations of varying experiences to join this challenge: those new to the space and eager to incorporate inclusive programming to their work; those with deep experience working in disabilities in one or more locations; and those with staff and leadership who are themselves have a disability.
Inclusion is critical—and ideas are invited that address challenges surrounding any disability, including mobility and other physical impairments, cognitive disabilities, and psychosocial or psychological disorders. By working together to collaborate on and implement innovative solutions, a more inclusive society for all people can be aimed for.
Dealine to submit your Idea : April 23, 2017
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