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
s Parties (COSP-9
) to the Convention on the Rights of Pers
ons with Disabilities (CRPD).
added videos from the event to our website so you can hear from our distin
ished panel of presenters for
One in Seven: Ensuring No One is Left Behind -
Including Those Most Marginalized,
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.
Women 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.
Spotlight 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
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."
You can read Paul's full remarks
We also have more stories like Paul's in our 2015 Annual Report which is available in digital and Word version on our Website.