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Disability and Human rights

PWDs in Uganda continue to face numerous challenges in terms of abuse and violations of their human rights. Among the major types of rights violations are sexual abuse, discrimination in service delivery, stigmatisation from the wider community, discrimination in employment and business. PWDs continue to face massive marginalisation in terms of the economic, social and political rights.

Whereas the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2006, provides for a comprehensive legal protection for PWDs in accordance with Article 32 and 35 of the Constitutions, which aim at eliminating all forms of discrimination against PWDs as well as ensuring equal opportunities for PWDs, the state of PWDs leaves a lot to be desired.

Intervention: NUDIPU is working to ensure that these laws are actualised by advocating for removal of the existing gaps —popularising and disseminating the laws and policies, monitoring and enforcing redress mechanisms as well as address the issues of limited resources to implement the law.

The programme therefore, focuses on two main areas; awareness creation through lobbying for implementation of policies and laws on disability and mainstreaming the rights based approach to all NUDIPU’s programs.

Projects:
a. Access to Justice

This project aims at promoting access to legal redress for persons with disabilities in Uganda. The project is developed on the premise that for many years, People with disables have had no access to justice and where they have had it has been hard to come by due to challenges involved such as lack of resources given the high levels of poverty among people with disabilities. Besides many PWDS are ignorant of their rights a situation that makes them more vulnerable. This project envisages creating awareness in regard to access to justice by PWDs as well as provides legal representation for PWDs in matters affecting them.

Objectives:

  • To increase PWDs awareness on access to justice to 80% by end of 2014
  • To influence legal reforms in favour of PWDs by end of 2014
  • To strengthen NUDIPU’s Monitoring and Evaluation system on legal aid needs of PWDs.
  • a. Human Rights Advocacy for marginalised disabilities in Uganda.
    This project aims at improving the standard of living for marginalised disabilities by working for the equalisation of opportunities, respect for human rights and full participation in development programmes. The project operates in the three district of Nakasongola, Luwero and Ntungamo. It targets The Little people, Albino, Deaf blind, and persons with psychosocial disabilities.

    Objectives:

  • Enhance capacity of marginalised disabilities to effectively advocate for their rights
  • Strengthen networks with government and media houses for effective policy making for inclusiveness development
  • b. UNCRPD implementation and monitoring in Uganda

    This project is a coalition of three organisations; NUDIPU, NUWODU and UCRNN. It aims at ensuring integration of disability in the national development frame work through submission of the CSO alternative report on UNCRPD and advocacy for implementation of the concluding observations and capacity building for DPOs in UNCRPD monitoring. It’s a national project.

    Objectives:

  • Share the status of implementation of the CRPD in Uganda with the UN committee
  • Advocate for the implementation of the concluding observations from the UN Committee
  • Strengthen the capacity of DPOs to monitor the implementation of the CRPD

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