On 3 December, along with our partners in the Disability Movement and alliance colleagues, CBM Global will celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), an annual observance declared by the UN over 28 years ago. The day provides the opportunity to promote an understanding of disability rights and mobilise support for dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
This year’s global and national marking of IDPD day is against a backdrop of a global health pandemic that has shaken the foundations of social and economic structures across the world. Communities and families worldwide have been impacted and no country has been left unaffected. We have also witnessed rising inequalities across the countries we work in, and the countries we live in. COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the systematic discrimination that persons with disabilities continue to face, such as lack of access to public information in times of crises, lack of access to life saving health care and other services.
In order to ensure the build back better phase is inclusive and reaches those most furthest behind, CBM Global will continue to pursue its commitment of developing strong partnerships with OPDs through a number of priority areas; ensuring inclusion is a lived value in our organisation, working towards full accessibility of our operations and continuing to build a culture that values accountability as key foundation for our work. This is our long term commitment.
The SDDC is a Swiss based network advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Swiss international cooperation. The website leave-no-one-behind.ch is being launched on IDPD, particularly in view of Switzerland’s review under the CRPD in the fall of 2021. It provides resources on inclusive development for persons with disabilities and sets out recommendations for the further implementation of the CRPD.
Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and CBM Ireland co-host webinar: “Disability Inclusion in GBV Programming”
Other IDPD activities include an event being organised by WFP & IOM in partnership with Age & Disability Working Group (ADWG) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on the IASC guidelines.; and the Conference of State Parties (COSP) main and side events