Swiss Disability And Development Consortium

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Swiss Disability and
Development Consortium

SDDC ist ein Netzwerk mit Sitz in der Schweiz, das sich für die Rechte und die Inklusion von Menschen mit Behinderungen in die internationale Zusammenarbeit der Schweiz einsetzt.

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Photo Exhibition Showcases Triumphs of Women with Disabilities and Calls for More Inclusive Digital World

Von Chantal Baumgarten | 14 März 2023 | 0 Kommentare

In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023, the SDDC consortium members in Nepal and their partner organizations dedicated to working with people with disabilities put up a photo exhibition at the Staff College in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal. The exhibition “My Lens, My Reality” showcased remarkable achievements of women with disabilities who have triumphed over multiple forms of discrimination.

As the chief guest at the event, Honorable Member of Federal Parliament Sobita Gautam highlighted the importance of technology and innovation in development. Hon. Gautam shared positive developments that disability rights advocates and the government of Nepal have made towards the inclusion of people with disabilities and improving accessibility.

The event was inspired by a photovoice study on Nepal’s women with disabilities, conducted by the University of Bern. The Country Coordinator of FAIRMED, Nirmala Sharma, shared the summary of the study and spoke about the importance of creating a supportive environment that enables women with disabilities to contribute significantly to society.

To mark this important day, a panel discussion on the technological barriers and enablers of inclusion for women with disabilities in the social, economic, and political sectors” instead of “the technological barriers and enablers of inclusion of women with disabilities in the social, economic, and political sectors was held at the event. Suraj Sigdel, Country Director, CBM- Global Nepal, emphasized the importance of providing digital accessibility to women with disabilities. He said, “To lead the future, women with disabilities must have access to the digital world.”

Pauline Nadim Ducos, Regional Program Director of Handicap International, expressed her appreciation for the Swiss Disability and Development Consortium, partner organizations of persons with disabilities in Nepal, and the ten women who shared their stories through photography. She said, “Your collective efforts have contributed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion for persons with disabilities, particularly women in Nepal.” Ducos appealed to all development partners, the government, INGOs, local NGOs, and organizations of people with disabilities to continue working collaboratively towards reducing inequalities by developing innovative and transformative solutions.

Distinguished guests also attended the event, including Honorable Members of Federal Parliament Sobita Gautam and Prakash Pantha, both of whom have been strong advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities and Honorable Member of Provincial Assembly Laxmi Ghimire, who has actively promoted inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities at the local level.

Devi Dutta Acharya, President of the National Federation of Disabled-Nepal, emphasized the inclusion of the most marginalized women living in remote areas of Nepal to ensure ‘leave no one behind.’ Overall, the event emphasized the importance of creating an inclusive society that values diversity and promotes equality, empowering women with disabilities, and reducing inequalities by developing innovative and transformative solutions.

“My Lens My Reality” Exhibition at the International Cooperation Forum

Von Désirée Zaugg | 6 März 2023 | 0 Kommentare

The exhibition “My Lens My Reality” was shown at the International Cooperation Forum in Geneva on 15 February 2023. Representatives from government, academia, the private and financial sectors, NGO sector and civil society, gathered to exchange on this year’s topic “Education for Future” and the achievement of SDG 4 (education).

CBM Switzerland, together with Handicap International Switzerland and the International Disability Alliance were there representing the SDDC coalition and advocating for inclusive education for all.

Deu Kumari on her cycle.
This woman never had to opportunity to receive formal education. She was sent to her uncle’s house to work at a young age. This hindered not only her access to education, but also her self-confidence.  

The study on “Women with disabilities in Nepal”, on which the exhibition is based, clearly demonstrates that women and girls with disabilities are often denied access to education due to stigmatisation and discrimination. When they do attend school, accessibility is rarely guaranteed; reasonable accommodation and personal assistive devices are lacking. This impedes on their ability to fully benefit from the lessons.  

Rashmi speaking in sign language.
“In my life, it was difficult to get access to education in the beginning because of communication barriers. My family does not know sign language.” 

If we want to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals it is essential to include persons with disabilities and make educational opportunities inclusive. 

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Wie kann die Schweiz die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen im Globalen Süden sicherstellen?

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Ohne Richtlinien keine Priorität. Die Schweiz braucht Richtlinien, um die Inklusion von Menschen mit Behinderungen in ihrer internationalen Zusammenarbeit zu steuern. Die derzeitigen Bemühungen zur Inklusion von Menschen mit Behinderungen sind zu wenig umfassend, ad hoc und meist segregierend.

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Nichts über uns ohne uns! Die Schweiz muss die volle und aktive Partizipation von Menschen mit Behinderungen auch in der internationalen Zusammenarbeit sicherstellen. Sie muss Massnahmen treffen, die die Teilnahme von Menschen mit Behinderungen ermöglichen.

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Was nicht gezählt wird, zählt auch nicht. Die Schweiz hat sich verpflichtet, bei der Datenerhebung eine Vorreiterrolle einzunehmen, aber sie erhebt in ihren internationalen Programmen nicht systematisch und aufgeschlüsselt Daten zu Menschen mit Behinderungen.

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In humanitären Krisen niemanden zurücklassen. Menschen mit Behinderungen sind in humanitären Krisen überdurchschnittlich stark betroffen. Die Schweiz hat sich verpflichtet, ihre humanitäre Hilfe inklusiv zu gestalten. Es ist aber nicht klar, wie sie ihren Verpflichtungen nachkommt.

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Ohne Budget keine Fortschritte. Die Schweiz muss für die Inklusion von Menschen mit Behinderungen in ihrer internationalen Zusammenarbeit finanzielle Mittel bereitstellen und sich verpflichten, keine Programme und Dienstleistungen zu finanzieren, die Menschen mit Behinderungen ausgrenzen. 

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