International Day of Persons with Disabilities: our commitment to build a better world for all

Group of women and girls with brightly coloured headscarves, smiling. Text: International Day for People with Disabilities.

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.

As we reflect on IDPD day 2020 and its theme of ‘Building Back Better; toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world’, we can also reflect positively that while 2020 has been an incredibly disruptive year, we have witnessed the growth of local solutions for communities by communities themselves, we have seen how people working together to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of a community can have an impact and in the many countries we work in. We have seen persons with disabilities and organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) lead the way in a number of important areas, for example, filling evidence and data gaps, holding governments and agencies to account on their obligations under human rights treaties and working to deliver inclusive emergency responses.

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.

Round-up of CBM Global activities on IDPD 2020

#BetterWorldForAll – a Global Vision


People with disabilities from across the globe share their vision of a #BetterWorldForAll in this short film by CBM Australia.  You can read more and find a toolkit for action on the CBM Australia website.

Celebrating disability activists – new films on Bridge CRPD-SDG Training initiative


Check out these short films by CBM UK featuring people with disabilities who have completed the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Training initiative.

CBM Switzerland launches www.leave-no-one-behind.ch with Swiss Disability and Development Consortium.

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”

Read more and register here for the event on 3 December.

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

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