The discrimination and disadvantages experienced by Women with Disabilities in India have largely gone unaddressed and unacknowledged by ‘gender-neutral’ disability services, legislation and policy.
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About the project
To empower Women with Disabilities (WwDs) to access their rights, the project will support and facilitate a gendered monitoring mechanism, Disability Gender Watch (DGW). This will enable implementation of national and international disability related commitments and compliances.
The project aims to develop a new paradigm of human rights, pushing the frontier of rights for women with disabilities by facilitating direct dialogue between empowered women with disabilities (WwDs) and the Committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
With the aid of a Commonwealth Foundation grant, SMRC will train 900 women with disabilities and 200 disabled peoples organisations from the 29 States in India,, teaching them about disability rights, the obligations of government and the advocacy skills to enable them to engage with government.
Endorsed project title: Upholding the rights of women with disabilities in India
Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre is a Disabled People’s Organization founded in 1985. Its work focuses on advocacy, gender equity, research and development. Current campaigns run by SMRC target Women with Disabilities and Disaster and Disability. Alongside a programme to help monitor and improve State Elections, SMRC also provides rehabilitation services for Spinal Cord Injuries, educating and training health care professionals in rehabilitation techniques.
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.