HUMAN RIGHTS PROMOTION
We aim to influence policy change by contributing to awareness on disability rights in communities and among policy actors. In addition to stand alone advocacy and campaign programmes, advocacy is a cross-cutting area in all our programmes. Our approach is building the capacity of people with disabilities to advocate for their rights, building capacity of duty bearers both government and other actors and sensitizing the communities to change attitude towards persons with disabilities and promoting sharing and learning based on our programmes as a tool for policy change.
Bukwo – Sironko Human Rights Projecting (2012-2014)
The two year project funded by the European Union aimed at improving inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in governance and development processes of their societies through increased observance of their rights by duty bearers. The project targeted Persons with Disabilities, Leaders, District technical teams, Service providers, Civil Society organizations, Disability People Organizations, statutory bodies. The result of the project has been the increased recognition of Persons with Disabilities in the planning processes in the two districts. By the end of the project 95 PWDs in Bukwo and Sironko districts had accessed social protection schemes under the district disability grants and agriculture inputs, 01 PWDs in Sironko Town Council was employed to supervise the construction of the feeder roads in the council, 22 PWDs in Sironko district access loan from the community based SACCOs. The two districts governments had increased the budget allocation for disability activities such as the IDD celebrations, meetings etc. Generally the project contributed to improved attitudinal change among communities on rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Young Voices Project on the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The project, implemented in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability with a funding from the European Union aimed at building the capacity of young people with disabilities (age group 16-25 years) to advocate for the domestication and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and other relevant local legislations promoting the rights of PWDs. The project reached out to 75 Young People with Disabilities in Budaka, Buikwe and Wakiso districts through capacity building training in advocacy and campaign skills, media engagement, awareness raising, communication skills, legislations, among others. This has greatly increased the ability of young PWDs to engage with local leaders for example in Buikwe district 2 young people with disabilities were elected speaker and deputy Mayor for Nkokonjeru Town Council, the Buikwe district administration block, Nkokonjeru Parish church, Sancta Maria Primary Teachers College and Nkokonjeru Hospital were adapted following young people campaign for accessibility to public places.
Kaliro Human Rights project (2011-2013)
Funded by the Independent Development Fund, the project aimed to promote inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in development programmes through increased observance of human rights. The project involved training of PWDs, local government authorities, service providers, CSOs, elected leaders and the general community on rights of persons with disabilities as a way of increasing mainstreaming of disability in development programmes. As a result of the intervention, 10 youth advocacy groups with 60 young people with disabilities were empowered to continue campaigning and lobbying for the promotion and respects of rights of Persons with Disabilities.