August 2016
We have had a busy few months at the Disability Rights Fund! Our team and partners have traveled the globe advocating for the inclusion and rights of marginalized voices within the disability movement and we are excited to bring you stories, videos and updates in this month's newsletter. 

As always, thank you for your continued support to DRF. Our collective successes would not be possible without individual commitment and contributions.

A movement to change one billion lives- link to annual report
Don't forget to check out our 2015 Annual Report to see how your support is making a difference for people with disabilities across the globe! The digital and word versions are available HERE.

Driving the Agenda
Leading the Way for Global Change
Highlights from the UN
In June, the Disability Rights Fund team and partners travelled to the UN Headquarters to speak at the 9th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP-9 ) to the Convention on the Rights of Pers ons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

We've  added videos from the event to our website so you can hear from our distin gu ished panel of presenters for  One in Seven: Ensuring No One is Left Behind -  Including Those Most Marginalized,  o rganized by the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and the Disab ility Rights Fund,  The Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN and  The Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN.  

Click HERE to view videos from the event.

WomenAtWorkWomen at Work
Contributing to the Conversation
Pratima Gurung, General Secretary of the Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association and member of the DRF Global Advisory Panel; and Dwi Ariyani, DRF Grants Consultant for Indonesia, were both recognized by UN Women for their outstanding contributions during the "implementation of Global Development & Humanitarian Goals: Leadership Role of Women with Disabilities" session at COSP-9. Read the full story HERE.

PsychosocialSpotlight on the Rights of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities
DRF's Paul Deany Calls for Global Attention to the Rights of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities at the UN Headquarters
On June 15, Paul Deany, DRF Program Officer for Asia and the Pacific  shared his expertise with a global audience at COSP-9 during a round-table discussion on promoting the rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. Speaking on behalf of civil society, Paul highlighted  the stigma and discrimination that plagues approximately 400 million people living with mental health conditions  acr oss t he globe  a nd provided shocking examples of how systems and legislation are failing these individuals and their families. 

"...we have the situation where persons with psychosocial disabilities are shackled, chained and incarcerated by the state or their family, against most fundamental rights and laws - sometimes indefinitely." 
-Paul Deany 

You can read Paul's full remarks HERE.

We also have more stories like Paul's in our 2015 Annual Report which is available in digital and Word version on our Website. 

Building Movements
HLPFCollective Impact
Disability Rights Leaders Advocate to Leave No One Behind
Members of the Disability Group at HLPF
Members of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities 
From July 11-16, leading disability rights advocates, representing every region of the world, participated in the 2016 session of the UN's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to review 22 countries' progress t owards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, a formally recognized group within the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, was established to ensure persons with disabilities have a voice in global sustainable development proceedings. This group actively participated in the 2016 HLPF. 
Attendee  Ambrose Murangira, Executive Director of the Ugandan National Association of the Deaf (UNAD), highlighted successes citing that the group "clear ly demonstrated the need to prioritize persons with disabilities not only as participants, but also as partners in ensuring that 'no one is left behind.' We were able to show the world our capabilities not only as advisors, but experts in disability issues." 

Learn more about the the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development HERE. 

BuildingMovementsThe Power of Partnerships
DRF Sponsors Grantee Convenings 
"Nothing about us without us" has become the global mantra of the disability movement for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the development and implementation of policies, programs and initiatives affecting their lives. At DRF we value the unique lived experiences and insight of the disability community and have structured our participatory grant making process to be collaborative and inclusive. This includes
a focus on including persons with disabilities in our governance and advisory structures to ensure that they drive the agenda and decision-making on our funding to Disabled People's Organizations around the world.

In July our teams in Indonesia, Ghana and Rwanda came together to strategize, reflect and celebrate their progress and achievements. You can read more about our grantmaking model and read about our impact on our website at 

Innovation in action at Indonesia Grantee Convening

Grantmaking Round 2- Request for Proposals
Deadline to apply is August 18, 2016. 
Additional information is available on our website.

Achieving Rights

Ambrose Murangira and Colin Allen, Chair of the International Disability Alliance and President of the World Federation of the Deaf at the United Nations
LocalAdvocacyLocal Actions to Global Advocacy
A Vision for the Future
During a meeting in June at the UN's High-Level Political Forum, Ambrose Murangira, Executive Director of the Ugandan National Association of the Deaf shared stories of - and strategies for - success with DRF's Director of Partnerships and Communications, Yumi Sera. Read the full interview HERE to discover how Uganda has  built one of the most vibrant disability movements in Africa. 

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