To popularize the CRPD as a vehicle for human rights advocacy for PWDs by participating in implementation efforts at policy levels, working with the media to raise awareness, and training DPOs and other stakeholders.
To produce a shadow report on CRPD implementation in coalition with the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU) and the Ugandan Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN).
To ensure integration of disability rights in the national development framework by strengthening DPO capacity to monitor activities of the government, culminating in the production of an alternative report to the CRPD Committee.
To raise awareness about the CRPD through production and dissemination of a Braille version of the CRPD for persons with visual impairments.
To increase political participation by PWDs by promoting their involvement in the local government electoral processes and to mobilize PWDs to encourage elected officials to become more sensitive to the rights and needs of PWDs.
To enable Grantee's staff to become efficient and effective advocates on the CRPD and eventually lobby the Tongan government to ratify the CRPD. The project will build partnerships with other organizations working with persons with disabilities and expand CRPD knowledge and expertise to remote areas of the country, including through translating the CRPD into Tongan language. Following training and technical support from Pacific Disability Forum, Grantee will conduct two CRPD training workshops on the main island (Tongatapu) and six on the outer islands for up to 160 participants with disabilities, their families and community leaders (two trainings for each of the following islands: 'Eua, Ha’apai, and Vava'u, and liaise with the whole Tongan Government to build their awareness, support and commitment for the CRPD. Grantee will also begin planning for a campaign on ratification of the CRPD.
To strengthen knowledge and understanding of the CRPD among persons with disabilities across Nauru. Grantee hopes to achieve this through six awareness and advocacy workshops for 180 persons with disabilities, carried out with support of the Pacific Disability Forum, which will provide general CRPD information along with examples of how the rights outlined are critical to everyday life in Nauru. Grantee also intends to advocate - within the timeline of the project - for the government to review and endorse the draft National Disability Policy, which Grantee has developed, as a next step towards CRPD implementation. (Nauru ratified the CRPD on June 27, 2012.)
To promote inclusive education and advocacy efforts for children with disabilities in Andhra Pradesh.
To strengthen DPOs in three states (Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh) by providing state and district trainings for disability leaders and community organizers on the CRPD.
To ensure the rights of children with disabilities are protected and promoted through effective grassroots advocacy on the CRPD at district and state level in Andhra Pradesh.
(Year Two) To continue to build the capacities of disabled persons' organizations in Andhra Pradesh so that they can advocate to ensure that state and district-level budgetary allocations do not fall below 3% for persons with disabilities, per Government Memorandums 3 and 24 and Section 40 of the Andhra Pradesh Persons with Disabilities Act; and to address ongoing rights violations in this area.
To build the capacity of PWDs, DPOs, and self help groups to lobby with the Andhra Pradesh State officials and local representatives for the effective implementation of the CRPD Article 27 (right to work in barrier free environment).
To build the capacity of children and youth with visual impairments to voice their rights, and to promote inclusive education in the communities of Abutia, Dodome, and Dzolo in the Volta Region of Ghana.
To increase the capacity of New Horizon Foundation of the Blind (NHFB) and children’s advocacy groups to advocate for the education rights of children and young people with visual impairments in the Ho region of Ghana. NHFB will train the children’s groups in advocacy and leadership skills and conduct CRPD study programs; continue engagement with key stakeholders, including school administrators, instructors, and parents, about the importance of inclusive education throughout the region; and build the advocacy capacity of board members.
To strengthen alliances between self-advocacy groups of youth with visual impairments and mainstream civil society and human rights organizations to further increase access to education for youth with disabilities. Grantee is also planning to collaborate with Ghana Education Services (GES) to increase data available about blind youth and youth with visual impairments in Ho. And, they are seeking to strengthen their internal capacity to address inclusive education at policy levels. In connection with this, they hope to influence the Ho District Education Policy, which aims to integrate children with mild-moderate disabilities into mainstream schools by 2015, monitor its implementation, and train service providers and self-advocacy groups about the policy.