Persons with Disabilities

downtown kabul 

Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

November 2, 2016


The dusty, narrow streets of Kabul are congested most days, packed with vehicles and bicyclists angling for space. Panhandlers take advantage of the frequent standstills—constantly moving from car to car, tapping on windows and asking for change. These panhandlers are homeless for a variety of complex reasons and include men, women, and children of… Read more


Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections

May 25, 2016


The May 9 Philippine election not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 – which mandates that polling stations be fully accessible for people with disabilities (PWDs) – was implemented in full. In his speech during the proclamation of senators-elect, the Philippine Commission on Elections (CO… Read more


Indonesia’s Village Law: A Step Toward Inclusive Governance

February 17, 2016


In late December, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spoke to over 700 village heads in Boyolali, Central Java, about the implementation of the year-old Village Law – a major campaign platform for both he and his rival during the 2014 presidential election.


Local Pathways to Disability-Inclusive Governance in Indonesia

December 16, 2015


“Nothing About Us Without Us” has become a familiar slogan used by the international disability movement and relies on the principle of full participation for all. However, in Indonesia, where people with disabilities (PWDs) still face enormous barriers…


Social Media Ignites Disability Movement in Indonesia

December 9, 2015


In Indonesia, stigma around people with disabilities often comes from those closest to them. In many cases, families hide away their disabled family members, communities shun them, and government services and policies…


Integrating Disability in Pakistan’s Development Approach

June 11, 2014


Last month, over 1,000 students, journalists, civil society representatives, and activists walked from the Roshan Khan Complex to Jinnah Stadium in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, to raise awareness of exclusion of persons with disabilities in education. At the walk, UNESCO’s director…