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Voila!  In India women with psychological or intellectual disabilities are often closed in institutes and subjected to all kinds of abuse and violence. According to a Human Rights Watch report , a copy of which was sent to Fides, women and girls with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities experience overcrowding and lack of hygiene inadequate access to general healthcare, forced treatment …

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India: Women with Disabilities locked away and abused

(New Delhi) – Women and girls with disabilities in India are forced into mental hospitals and institutions, where they face unsanitary conditions, risk physical and sexual violence, and experience involuntary treatment, including electroshock therapy. As one woman put it, they are “treated worse than animals.” A resident sits on the floor in the women’s ward of Thane Mental Hospital, a …

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Inclusion of Disability in the SDGs : Focus on Indicators and disaggregation of data [Asia-Pacific]

On Day 4 of DPI Global Chair, Javed Abidi’s visit to New York, the delegation met with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Jamaica and Egypt. Reiterating the mandate of “Nothing About Us, Without Us” and “Leave No One Behind”, Abidi apprised all the Missions of the dire need of inclusion and representation of all people with disabilities from all regions …

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Inclusion builds resilience

SENDAI, 18 March 2015 – ‘Inclusion builds resilience’ is the clear message from persons with disabilities to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Significant progress has been made but more needs to be done on inclusion and accessibility across the board, from physical infrastructure to early warning announcements, delegates agreed. In a clear example of what can …

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Kyrgyzstan: Activists Say Government Dithering on Disability Convention

A man with crutches rests on a railway overpass in Bishkek. The Kyrgyz government has yet to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed in 2011 by then President Roza Otunbayeva. (Photo: David Trilling) When Maria Neboga’s daughter was diagnosed at birth with three debilitating neurological diseases, doctors urged her to commit the paralyzed baby …

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20141110 NEPAL-KATHMANDU. Handicap International : Sanukanchi Tamang (14) was born with clubfoot. When she was 9 years old, her healthy foot got wounded but wasn’t treated well (remote area, poor family). The wound got heavily infected and she needed an

Locked away for years, disabled nepalese girl tastes freedom

Sanukanchi, 14, flips through the pages of her sketchbook and shyly shows the colorful flowers she has been drawing. She has pages and pages of art work—drawing has been her sole pastime for years. Born in rural Nepal with a deformed right foot and missing her left leg, Sanukanchi spent much of her life locked inside her home, crawling on …

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Our indifference is killing people with mental illness

On March 10, 2015, police responded to an Atlanta apartment complex after receiving a call that a man was "acting deranged, knocking on doors and crawling around naked." According to CNN, the police said that the man charged them and after warning him to stop, they shot and killed him. The Atlanta Police's public safety officer dutifully noted, "I can …

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People with Disabilities in Hong Kong Twice as Likely to Face Poverty

Brief Synopsis: Almost half of people with disabilities living in Hong Kong live in poverty, more than double the rate for the general population. Released last night on the Commission on Poverty’s website, the report sparked calls for more action to help people with disabilities enter the workforce and claim welfare. The study found that some 45.3 per cent of …

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PWD rights in post-2015 UN agenda backed

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) says it fully supports the international call to firmly include the human rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the post-2015 development agenda. This comes after a team of United Nations (UN) experts last month appealed to UN negotiators and member states to ensure that no one gets left behind in defining the …

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Jamaican Government pledges $8.2m to assist persons with disabilities

A sum of $8.2 million will be spent this year to strengthen the Government's capacity to better cater to the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs). The money has been made available under the Support to Improve the Lives of PWDs project, as outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project is being …

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REEMA: THE DANCE STAR WITH A PROSTHESIS

“For years I watched dance programs on television but I always thought I'd never be able to dance myself,” says Reema, age 12. Reema was born with her foot attached to her knee, which made it impossible to walk without crutches. Her father died when she was young and her mother abandoned her at age six. A neighbor brought Reema to …

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