The World Health Organisation’s 2011 World Report on Disability says that 15 per cent of the world’s population live with some form of disability. 24 million live in Bangladesh alone, often in rural areas.
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About the project
Turning Point intends to develop the advocating capacity of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and persons with disabilities in rural areas, approximately 50% of whom are women with disabilities. By improving their organisational systems, DPOs are better able to identify and articulate their concerns which can then be included in the implementation of national and international laws designed to protect disabled people. The project is also establishing links between DPOs and government to secure equal opportunities and inclusion in national legislature on disability rights.
Turning Point is also helping DPOs overall understanding of international regulations, human rights protections, and other existing laws.
Endorsed project title: Developing the capacity of persons with disabilities and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to advocate for their rights
Turning Point Foundation was established in 2010 to focus on disability issues and the disabled people’s organisation movement. Turning Point Foundation which is run by persons with disabilities continues to work for the inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the decision making processes on issues that affect them and on establishing their rights. The organisation has good working relationships with the registered and unregistered DPOs and the all disability networks in Bangladesh.
The Foundation is the Commonwealth's agency for civil society. We support people’s participation in democracy and development by providing grants, platforms for civic voices and opportunities for sharing expertise.