USICD Partners with the Embassy of Afghanistan on Disability Rights Conference
The Afghanistan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming is a follow-up to the first National Conference on Disablity Rights convened by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential palace in October, 2016. Under President Ghani, the Afghan government has made disability rights a national priority.
The conference will focus on practical approaches for making inclusive education, inclusive public healthcare, and vocational training and employment opportunities a reality for Afghan citizens living with disabilities. Nearly 3 percent of Afghans - in a population of 28 million - has a disability, whether as a result of war or other reasons. Twenty percent of Afghan families include a family member with a disability.
At the event, prominent Afghan, U.S. and international disability rights advocates will speak on panels and deliver remarks. Afghanistan's Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib will welcome participants. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates about this event and other upcoming events.
A Message from Candace Cable
Paralympic Athlete & USICD Board Member Candace Cable
with 2016 Olympic Games Mascot Rio Tom
I'm a member because I support the U.S. International Council on Disabilities' (USICD) promotion of rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities through global engagement and U.S. foreign affairs. Our membership is vast and spans across the United States and overseas, convening at least once a year to keep our members apprised of progress toward global disability rights.
At our meetings, we share specifics on how USICD's advocacy provides information and strategic guidance to national grassroots organizations, governments and corporate partners. USICD's initiatives create opportunities for involvement and advocacy with peer USICD members.
The need for engaging with disability advocates around the world has never been greater! USICD members and staff work around the world promoting inclusion, spanning primary education for all children to independent living, and learning from our global colleagues' new ways of bringing human rights home. And, in the case of our internship program for young professionals seeking careers in international development and foreign affairs, we provide the right talent to host partners to get the job done.
Please consider becoming a USICD organizational or individual member and share in our vision where all people with disabilities come together for equal rights across all borders!
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USICD's Executive Director, David Morrissey, traveled to Mexico on March 1st as a member of the RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities consortium. Mr. Morrissey presented on the topic of "Coalition Building" to COAMEX, CONFE, and other disability organizations working to strengthen communities through disability rights implementation. Visit the Global Disability Rights Now website to learn more about the project and our important work in Mexico.