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Disability Rights

The Cohort on Disability Rights was established to support people with disabilities in participating in government institutions, public policy and legislation, providing the basis for promoting equality in all aspects of society by breaking down social stigmas and increasing accountability. With its event on Disability-Inclusive Democracy on the 26 July 2022, it issued 29 sample commitments.

Disability rights are important for democracy because while one out of every seven people in the world has a disability, the interests of people with disabilities remain under-represented in public life and political decision making. Inclusive participation of people with disabilities is key for promoting equality in all aspects of society, reducing stigmatisation and improving accessibility and accountability.

The expected outcome from this cohort is to release a series of disability-inclusive sample commitments for EMBs, CSOs, legislatures and parties that were suggested by disability rights and democracy advocates during a series of listening sessions related to voting, elections and civic engagement, to feed into commitments states could make at the second Summit.

Relevant documents released by the cohort can be found in the links on the righthand side of the page, and any public events are listed below. We invite you to use the contact form on this portal if you have any contributions or corrections regarding this cohort.

Co leads

  • Australia
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Title Date Description Link
Disability-Inclusive Democracy: Building Participatory Societies 13/06/22 To explore innovative approaches to and challenges for promoting disability-inclusive democracy globally. External Link
Disability Rights Cohort Virtual Session 22-23/03/23 To provide more details on the Summit for Democracy, what the Disability Rights Cohort proposes to achieve, and how governments and civil society organizations can engage going forward. External Link