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ERIC Number: ED504511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 286
Abstractor: ERIC
Disability Rights, Gender, and Development: A Resource Tool for Action. Full Report
de Silva de Alwis, Rangita
Wellesley Centers for Women
This resource tool builds a normative framework to examine the intersections of disability rights and gender in the human rights based approach to development. Through case studies, good practices and analyses the research tool makes recommendations and illustrates effective tools for the implementation of gender and disability sensitive laws, policies and development initiatives. The selected areas of discussion and analysis include: equality and non-discrimination; violence against women with disabilities; traditional and customary practices that violate the rights of women and children with disabilities; sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and youth with disabilities; access to employment; and inclusive education. The tool is intended to educate, raise awareness and mobilize and galvanize groups around the twin goals of disability and gender sensitivity in development. The resource tool is divided into three modules, which includes case studies and concrete action steps to guide human rights practice and the development agenda on the ground. The resource modules will be useful tools for UN country offices, government agencies, civil society organizations and academic institutions as background materials for education or training workshops for the development of new legislative, policy or programmatic initiatives on behalf of women and children with disabilities. Module One examines the fundamental principles of the human rights-based approach and the domestic human rights framework and examines how they apply in the field of disability rights. Module Two builds a framework to advance the rights of women and children with disabilities and makes the critical call for a gender analysis to be integrated into the development and implementation of all disability laws policies and programs. Finally, Module Three module explores the relationship between Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the connection between disability and the MDGs with a special focus on the rights of women with disabilities and their rights to reproductive health. Appended are four charts. Chart 1 maps some cross cutting areas of the CEDAW, CRC and CRPD. Chart 2 identifies some of the intersecting areas of the CEDAW/CRC/ICESCR treaty body Concluding Observations to the most recent Asian country reports. Chart 3 compares and contrasts some of the core provisions of the current disability laws in the Asian region. Chart 4 examines other international human rights norms that mention the rights of persons with disabilities. [Funding for this publication was provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Partial funding for some of the research was provided by a grant from the Open Society Institute.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women
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