Inclusion International involvement at 10th session of COSP

Inclusion International (II) will be attending the 10th session of COSP in New Yor on 13-15 June under the  theme “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”

II will be sponsoring and/or participating in six side events.

  1. Tuesday June 13th, 11:45pm-1pm, CR E: Together for Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities: How to tackle multiple discrimination and inequalities. Co-sponsored with Light for the World, IDA, IDDC

Details: Due to multiple discriminations, 500 million women/girls with disabilities are exposed to human rights violations and gender based violence. This side-event will discuss opportunities, good practices and challenges that political and development processes provide for the fulfillment of human rights of women/girls in relation to their sexual and reproductive health. FLYER

   2. Tuesday June 13th, 1:15-2:30pm, CR 4: Persons with disabilities on the move: The rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities. Co-sponsored with IDA, OHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF, CBM, EDF, EESC, HI, HRW

Details: Globally, some 65 million people are currently forcibly displaced from their homes, the highest number ever recorded. Among the millions fleeing conflict and persecution, unprecedented numbers are people with disabilities and their families. Despite their numbers, those with disabilities are among the most neglected of all displaced people, facing significant challenges to accessing basic humanitarian assistance such as sanitation, food, and water due to attitudinal, physical and social barriers.
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a landmark political declaration that is directed at improving the way in which the international community responds to large movements of refugees and migrants, as well as to protracted refugee situations. People with disabilities should be at the core of the response.
International partners and UN agencies are also increasingly searching for ways to ensure a rights-based approach to refugees with disabilities, and the processes toward a global compact on refugees and a Global Compact on Migration are an important opportunity.


Council member Mia Farah will be on the panel to speak to her experience as a self-advocate working with refugees with disabilities in Lebanon. .

    3. Tuesday June 13th, 6:15pm-8pm, CR 4: Towards a Draft General Comment on Article 19 UNCRPD: Providing a forum for interactive dialogue on the right to living independently and being included in the community. Sponsored by ONHCR, CRPD Committee, IDA

Details: The event is organised in order to raise awareness about the Draft General Comment No. 5 on the right to live independently and be included in the community (art. 19) which was endorsed by the CRPD Committee during its 17th session. Based on the received statements, the General Comment will be discussed and hopefully adopted during the Committee’s 18th session in August 2017. The event aims at: Informing stakeholders about the ongoing process of drafting a General Comment on Art. 19 CRPD; Providing a forum for interactive dialogue on the right to living independently and being included in the community. FLYER

Inclusion Internnational Executive Director, Connie Laurin-Bowie will be speaking at this session to call on countries to create inclusive communities where everyone belongs.


     4. Wednesday June 14th, 4:45pm-6pm, CR 11: Children with disabilities in the global study on children deprived of liberty. Co-sponsored with Human Rights Watch, Lumos.

Details: The Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty can play an important role in addressing rights violations against children with disabilities in institutions and other settings. This side event will look at the study through a disability lens and encourage States, DPOs, NGOs, and other stakeholders to engage with it.

Inclusion International President- Elect, Sue Swenson will be speaking and moderating.

      5. Thursday, June 15th, 8am-9:30am, CR 11: Inclusive Education. Sponsored by National Secretary on the Persons with Disabilities – Brazil

Details: Over 90% of kids with disabilities are enrolled in regular schools in Brazil, that also created quotas for students with disabilities at federal universities. The Supreme Court ruled that private schools should accept students with disabilities without charging extra taxes. MAIS, produces innovative resources and educational strategies in universal design.

Inclusion International President-  Elect, Sue Swenson will be speaking at this session to share promising practices and strategies from Inclusion International’s global Catalyst for Inclusive Education Initiative.