DPI e-update - 14 March 2011

March 14, 2011


Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org

DPI's thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Some of our World Council members are safe but describe losses within local disabled peoples' organizations.  

DPI's 8th World Assembly will be held in Durban, South Africa 10-13 October 2011. This four day event will include one day Opening Plenary session, followed by two days of parallel working groups and will be concluded with a final closing plenary session. To read more go to http://www.dpi2011.co.za/

DPI congratulates Togo for ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol on 1 March 2011.

Global Fund for Women (GFW)

On 8 March 2011 in Geneva, GFW advisors and grantee partners from the Americas met with the United Nations' (UN's) Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders to discuss how to improve the security of women human rights defenders. With rampant government and law enforcement corruption, women human rights defenders are at great risk, facing marginalization, prejudice, violence and threats on their lives. To read go to


Expanding Opportunities for Women and Girls with Disabilities in Education and Employment

A Panel Discussion on STEM: Expanding opportunities for women and girls with disabilities in education and employment was earlier this month at the 55th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Globally, women make up three-fourths of persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries.  Between 65% and 70% of these women live in rural areas. Estimates of the percentage of children with disabilities not attending school is extremely variable, however, in general, children with disabilities are less likely to start school and have lower rates of staying and being promoted in school than their peers without disabilities. The correlation between low educational outcomes and having a disability is often stronger than the correlations between low education outcome and other characteristics such as gender, rural residence or poverty. Girls with disabilities have the lowest education participation rates in the world and knowledge of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is especially deficient. To read more go to http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=47&pid=1556

Disability and Development Forum and GPDD Membership Meeting

From 21-23 September 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPPDD) will hold its 3rd Disability and Development Forum and Membership Meeting, where members and partners will focus on options for implementing development actions towards the social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly in light of the Article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Specially, Development Partners will explore the processes undergone by various disability efforts and analyze the potentials and challenges of their different frameworks, as well as their priorities for and the role of key stakeholders involved in implementation. To read more go to



International Summer School 2011

A Summer School titled, "The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -From Paper Rules to Action" will be held 6-11 June 2011 at the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. For information, go to http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/summer_school/welcome.html


CIEE PARIS program offers Cultural Approaches to Disability Class

In June 2011, a new intensive class in Paris, France offers undergraduate students the possibility to explore questions of disability and disability studies in France. French scholars and activists will be invited as speakers and students will visit local disability organizations. Themes will include the history of disability, gender and race and disability, as well as representations of disability in contemporary French cinema. For more information, email Hannah at htaieb@ciee.org


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