14.06.2019 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Zimbabwe’s National Human Rights Institutions to be trained on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Disability Rights for Women and Girls

Zimbabwe’s national human rights institutions will be trained on sexual and reproductive health rights and rights of women and girls with disabilities from 18-21 June 2019 in Harare. The workshop is part of the joint-UN initiative on “Advancing the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe” being spearheaded by UNESCO with funding from the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD).

 

The workshop will capacitate the human rights institutions and Gender Thematic Working Group on sexual gender-based violence, harmful practices, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and the fundamental rights of women and girls with disabilities. It will provide and equip them with knowledge and skills on responding to the above mentioned issues in general and with specific focus on women and girls with disabilities. This training will also increase awareness on the current situation of women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe as well as strengthen knowledge on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and key principles for disability inclusion.

 

The expected outcomes of the workshop include: establishment of referral pathways with SRHR stakeholders and disability person’s organisations in order to promote reproductive health rights as well as disability rights; and strengthening the capacities of participants on GBV, SRHR and CRPD and related concepts.

 

Workshop participants will also include UN Agencies, Disabled Persons Organizations/Service Organizations and the media. Workshop facilitators will include experts on the CRPD and those delivering justice and SRHR & GBV services to women and girls with disabilities.

 

Women and girls with disabilities globally have continued to suffer many human rights violations such as gender-based violence (GBV), statutory rape, and forced sterilisation among other forms of abuse. Their marginalisation and exclusion due to the stigma and discrimination associated with having a disability has also resulted in their limited access to crucial information and justice and sexual and reproductive health services. The interface of disability, gender and negative normative environments also presents with it complex dynamics for promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities in communities.

 

For more information, please contact: m.zulu@unesco.org.




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