The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities has launched a new briefing on “Financing rights and social justice for persons with disabilities in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.” One of the co-authors is Elizabeth Lockwood, CBM representative at the United Nations and a member of CBM Global’s advocacy team. The briefing addresses how persons with disabilities have been hit particularly hard by the global pandemic, yet proposals for financing the response rarely include persons with disabilities. The briefing sets out some key considerations for ensuring that international economic policies that tackle the crisis always contribute to the enjoyment of human rights and social justice by persons with disabilities in their diversity, especially those in the Global South.
“The global pandemic and subsequent policies are affecting many persons with disabilities around the world in grave ways. Reversing the devastating discrimination against persons with disabilities as a result of the pandemic will take much more than economic policies alone. Yet, ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are never sidelined in economic policy discussions is an indispensable step toward building back a more just system for everyone in the post-pandemic world.”
CBM Global supports the new briefing, which urges that economic and policy decisions be fully consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This recommends key decision-makers, such as multilateral institutions, governments, civil society actors, and academics, to tackle the crisis as a disability rights issue and assess the impact of policies to the rights of persons with disabilities.
Image: From Left to Right: Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Pratima Gurung, Risnawati Utami, Megan Smith, Maulani Rotinsulu participated in the High-level Political Forum at the UN Headquarters in July 2017