When it comes to understanding the challenges and barriers disabled people face worldwide, data is vital. It helps paint a global picture and identifies which barriers need addressing. Yet, there is still a lack of good quality disability data. Meaning many of these barriers, which differ from country to country, remain unchallenged. Elizabeth is our Research Officer, Data and Disability. She talks about the importance of data and how our recent research highlighted the stigma in Kenya around using assistive technology.
Leave no girl with disabilities behind is a new advocacy brief from the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and Leonard Cheshire, launching today. The brief provides a framework for advocacy on inclusive education for girls with disabilities in particular. An overview of the current status of global education for girls with disabilities identifies the key challenges and barriers to inclusive and gender-responsive education. Case studies from Leonard Cheshire, Humanity and Inclusion, and Sightsavers highlight some promising strategies to overcome these barriers.
The 13th session of Conference of States Parties (CoSP) on the rights of persons with disabilities will take place this week virtually. This annual event is an important space for states to come together to advance the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Leonard Cheshire is part co-hosting 3 side events during this week, and we invite you to join us for these events by registering through the links in the article.
As part of the 2020 World Data Forum side event, hosted by Leonard Cheshire, Restless Development and Humanity & Inclusion, a set of recommendations were drafted to provide guidance on how to ensure more inclusive and effective implementation of citizen generated data initiatives and partnerships that engage communities effectively, and especially young people, persons with disabilities and civil rights defenders.
Kibe Yohana, Researcher and Disability Rights Advocate, explores the benefits of accessible global disability data. Here he details how the disability data portal will be one of the most powerful platforms for governments, researchers, and disability rights advocates to obtain data.
We are excited to co-host a side event at the UN World Data Forum with partners Humanity & Inclusion, Restless Development and CIVICUS. Our session ‘CitizEMPOWER: sharing practical citizen-led data tools and catalyzing partnerships with official data communities to respond to Covid-19' will take place on Wednesday, October 21st 2020 from 11:00 - 12:15 PM (UTC).
The inclusion of persons with disabilities in coronavirus data collection efforts needs to be business as usual
Dr Mark Carew, Senior Researcher at Leonard Cheshire, explores the importance of quality data collection in assessing the impact of coronavirus on the disabled community.
stories from Bangladesh and Kenya
In April and May 2020,the Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) programme supported disabled persons organisations (DPOs) to complete a qualitative survey of 312 people with disabilities in Bangladesh and Kenya to understand the impact of Covid-19 and the measures introduced to prevent its spread.