SDDC is a Swiss based network advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Switzerland's international cooperation.
The SDDC published an article in the June 2021 issue of the Medicus Mundi Switzerland (MMS) Bulletin on the role of Swiss international cooperation in advancing disability inclusion. It outlines Switzerland’s obligations under the CRPD in its international cooperation and humanitarian action, the current state of disability inclusion in Swiss international cooperation, and the recommendations of the SDDC. The contribution features as part of the MMS Bulletin #158 on Inclusion in international cooperation: commitment and reality.
On behalf of the SDDC, Mirjam Gasser of CBM Switzerland gave two radio interviews on the topic of the inclusion of persons with disabilities in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as the launch of the www.leave-no-one-behind.ch website. The interviews are in Swiss German.
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.