Ruby Holmes

Great points already shared that I completely agree with. In addition, I think it’s important to highlight the meaningful participation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and their advocacy towards governments. Development partners should support OPDs’ priorities and initiatives when it comes to making societies more inclusive. Systematic advocacy at the local and national levels to duty bearers makes them aware of the barriers and facilitators for persons with disabilities to realize their rights and increase their participation in public life. The same goes to service providers, ensuring a rights-based approach. Supporting OPDs to work with duty bearers on creating indicators to ensure policies are being implemented and monitored in compliance with the CRPD is one key item. Partnerships with OPDs and other CSOs, such as women-led CSOs and bringing all relevant stakeholders together for dialogue will support making societies inclusive. Finally, international and regional coordination and sharing of best practices is  another important point.