The recent Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean has highlighted some areas where different sectors of the global feminist movement need to deepen reflection and dialogue about how to develop tactics and strategies for moving our collective rights and justice agendas forward.
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.