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Are Cash Transfers a Means to Promote “Meaningful” Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities?

Expert commentaries - Date: 31 March 2017 / Author: Ola Abu Al Ghaib

Despite progress made around disability and social policy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there are still concerns that cash transfers in developing contexts may reinforce perceptions that persons with disabilities are dependent and incapable of work, rather than being a mechanism for meeting their needs and facilitating their...

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WWDA Human Rights Toolkit for Women and Girls with Disability

Resources - Year: 2016

Over two million women and girls with disability live in Australia – that’s approximately 20 percent of all women and girls. Like everyone else, we all have different lives and experiences. We also have different personal experiences of disability. As a group, however, women and girls with disability experience...

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World Report on Disability

Resources - Year: 2011

This report focuses on measures to improve accessibility and equality of opportunity; promoting participation and inclusion; and increasing respect for the autonomy and dignity of persons with disabilities. Chapter 1 defines terms such as disability, discusses prevention and its ethical considerations, introduces the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and...

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Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities

Resources - Year: 2015

Persons with disabilities have faced exclusionpreventing them from fully enjoying their right to social protection under the previous welfarist model. In this video, Facundo Chavez Penillas from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) discusses states’ obligation to ensure that social protection systems are fully inclusive...

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Disability and Social Protection Programmes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A systematic review

Resources - Author: Hannah Kuper, Islay Mactaggart, Karl Blanchet, Lena Morgan Banks, Matthew Walsham, Rachel Mearkle / Year: 2016

This paper systematically reviews the evidence on whether persons with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries are adequately included in social protection programmes, and assesses the financial and non-financial impacts of participation. Overall, we found that access to social protection appears to fall far below need. Benefits from participation...

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Report on the Right of Persons with Disabilities to Social Protection (A/70/297), submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas

Resources - Author: Catalina Devandas / Year: 2015

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, provides a study focusing on disability-inclusive social protection as a prerequisite for the universalization of social protection. She stresses that social protection is fundamental for achieving the social inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities, and promoting their active...

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Disability in the Arab Region. An Overview

Resources - Year: 2014

Disability is an intrinsic aspect of the human condition and most people will experience disability at some point in their lives. Globally, one billion people—or 15 per cent of the world population—are estimated to be living with disability. By contrast, Arab countries report comparatively low prevalence of disability, ranging...

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Inclusive Social Protection Toolbox (GIZ)

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Persons with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to protection from basic social and economic risks and to access appropriate services, regardless of their disability or gender. This website helps give you the tools to design inclusive social protection...

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CESCR General Comment No. 5: Persons with disabilities

Resources - Author: CESCR / Year: 1995

This general comment was adopted by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1995. With regard to social security, it sets out the following: “28. Social security and income‑maintenance schemes are of particular importance for persons with disabilities. As stated in the Standard Rules, “States should ensure the...

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The State of the World’s Children: Children with Disabilities

Resources - Author: UNICEF / Year: 2013

The 2013 edition of The State of the World’s Children is dedicated to the situation of children with disabilities. The report examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and...

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Access to abortion for poor, disabled woman amid conscientious objection in Argentina

Legal depository - Country: Argentina / Body: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women / Year: 2011, 28 April 2011

Summary: The communication was filed by the mother of a woman with a mental impairment amounting to a legal age of a child, concerning the response of public health and judicial institutions to her pregnancy resulting from rape.  After being refused by one hospital, a second hospital scheduled an...

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Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups

As a human right that is intrinsic to all, the international community recognizes the need to design and implement social protection systems according to the principle of social inclusion, underlying the particular need to include persons in the informal economy (Recommendation No. 202, para 3e). Delivery systems should therefore...

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Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), 2006

Legal depository - Year: 2006

Article 28: Adequate standard of living and social protection 1. States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps...

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Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202)

Legal depository - Year: 2012

Recommendation No. 202 is the first international instrument to offer guidance to countries to close social security gaps and progressively achieve universal protection through the establishment and maintenance of comprehensive social security systems. To this aim, the Recommendation calls for (1) the implementation, as a priority, of social protection...

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Joint report of the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, and the independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque: Mission to Bangladesh (A /HRC/15/55)

Resources - Author: Catarina de Albuquerque, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona / Year: 2010

In the report, the independent expert on water and sanitation highlights the problems relating to sanitation, water quality and availability, and menstrual hygiene. The independent expert on extreme poverty focuses on social protection programmes for education, women, older persons, emergency relief and decent work, and points out the challenges...

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Persons with disabilities

Social protection plays a key role in realizing the rights of persons with disabilities of all ages: providing them with an adequate standard of living, a basic level of income security; thus reducing levels of poverty and vulnerability. Moreover, mainstream and/or specific social protection schemes concerning persons with disabilities...

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