16.07.2019 - UNESCO Office in Harare

UNPRPD project to capacitate justice and legal officers on disability rights

A training workshop for justice and legal officers on disability rights is taking place in Mutare, Zimbabwe from 16-19 July 2019. The workshop has been organised within the framework of the Joint United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) project on advancing the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe.

Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) underscores the right of persons with disabilities to effective access to justice on an equal basis with others. Access to justice for persons with disabilities can be improved not only by advocating for legislative and policy reforms, but by also increasing knowledge of justice sector professionals on how to meaningfully engage with persons with disabilities.

In addition, understanding the current barriers to accessing justice services, particularly for those population groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination (such as women and girls with disabilities), is crucial for the advancement of their rights. Barriers to access justice services can include physical and architectural barriers, cognitive barriers or lack of knowledge on engaging and responding to the needs of persons with disabilities.

The training in Mutare thus seeks to strengthen the justice system with knowledge and skills for promoting disability rights and obtain a solid commitment from stakeholders to promote an inclusive justice system in Zimbabwe. The training programme also includes a field visit to Cyclone Idai stricken areas to assess the justice sector’s response to persons with disabilities in the affected areas.

For more information, please contact: m.zulu(at)unesco.org. 

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