On this day, eight years ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force. An incredible achievement, mainly brought about by the activism of the international disability community, it confirmed that all people with disabilities are also subjects of human rights. It set out aspirations such as legal capacity regardless of disability and universal accessibility that still sometimes seem ideals for a far future society. In 2008, the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) also launched its work to provide the resources for disability rights activists in the developing world to advocate for implementation of these rights. On this anniversary, our Board Co-Chair, Catherine Townsend, looks back and reflects on what we have achieved.
It is a somber time for disability rights communities around the world. Last week, the world learned of the horrifying murder of three young Deaf women who were killed in Cabaret, Haiti on March 19, 2016 for using sign language. Their names: Monique, Vanessa, and Sophonie.