SDDC is a Swiss based network advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Switzerland's international cooperation.
The SDDC commissioned a Photovoice Study to the University of Bern on the situation of women with disabilities in Nepal. The study will be launched on International Women’s Day (8 March) and within the context of the 26th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will be accompanied by a photography exhibition at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. An online version of the exhibition will be available on this website. A parallel launch of the study and exhibition is taking place on 8 March at the Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The study entitled “Women with disabilities in Nepal. Photovoice study on the barriers and enablers to social, economic and political inclusion” will be launched during an online webinar on 8 March from 14.00 to 14.45 CET. Registration is possible via this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wS-2mUMDTPiS2aWl9whNow
Switzerland started applying the OECD DAC disability policy marker in 2018. The disability marker is a statistical tool of the OECD, which allows OECD countries to assess to what extent their projects and programmes are disability inclusive. It also gives an overview of much funding is dedicated to disability inclusion.
In 2019, 3% of all Swiss development projects aimed to be disability inclusive. The Factsheet provides an analysis of the application of the marker by Switzerland thus far, and makes some recommendations to ensure the consistent, comprehensive and quality marking of projects.
How can Switzerland ensure the rights of persons with disabilities in the Global South?
No guidelines, no priority. Switzerland needs guidelines to inform its work on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in its international cooperation. Current efforts on disability inclusion are small scale, ad-hoc and mostly segregating.
Nothing about us, without us! Switzerland must ensure the full and active participation of persons with disabilities throughout all processes affecting them, including in its international cooperation. Arrangements must be made to enable their participation.
What isn’t counted, doesn’t count. Switzerland has committed itself to be a leader on data collection, but it is not systematically collecting and disaggregating data on disability in its international programmes.
Leave no one behind in humanitarian crises. Persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected in humanitarian crises. Switzerland committed itself to making its humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities, but it is not clear how it is living up to its commitment.
What isn’t budgeted for, doesn’t get done. Switzerland must sufficiently budget for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in its international cooperation and must commit itself not to finance programs and services that segregate persons with disabilities from the community.