A POST-2015 WORLD FIT FOR CHILDREN

ISSUE BRIEF: The Rights of Children with Disabilities

Boys and girls with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to social and economic exclusion; to exploitation in emergencies, post-conflict and alternative care situations; and to poverty, homelessness, and being marginalized in institutions or orphanages. Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children.4 Stigma and prejudice related to disability as well as barriers in the environment make it much more difficult for children with disabilities to go to school, to access healthcare or to participate in the community. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by more than 150 countries, urges states to take actions to enhance inclusion and address barriers faced by children and adults with disabilities. Better access to basic services begins with providing free legal identities to all children, including children with disabilities, and ensuring that all children experience an inclusive environment as well as inclusive legal, economic and social systems.

 

Ending poverty and hunger for all persons with disabilities (Goals 1 and 2)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs provide a powerful framework to guide local communities, countries and the international community toward the achievement of disability-inclusive development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind, including persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issue to be considered in the implementation of all of its goals. The Agenda also includes seven targets and 11 indicators explicitly referencing persons with disabilities, covering access to education and employment, availability of schools that are sensitive to students with disabilities, inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, accessible transport, accessible public and green spaces, and building the                                          capacity of countries to disaggregate data by disability.

 

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all persons with disabilities (Goal 3)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs provide a powerful framework to guide local communities, countries and the international community toward the achievement of disability-inclusive development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind, including persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issue to be considered in the implementation of all of its goals. The Agenda also includes seven targets and 11 indicators explicitly referencing persons with disabilities, covering access to education and employment, availability of schools that are sensitive to students with disabilities, inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, accessible transport, accessible public and green spaces, and building the capacity of countries to disaggregate data by disability.

 

Accessing sexual and reproductive health services and reproductive rights for all persons with disabilities (Targets 3.7 and 5.6)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs provide a powerful framework to guide local communities, countries and the international community toward the achievement of disability-inclusive development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind, including persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issue to be considered in the implementation of all of its goals. The Agenda also includes seven targets and 11 indicators explicitly referencing persons with disabilities, covering access to education and employment, availability of schools that are sensitive to students with disabilities, inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, accessible transport, accessible public and green spaces, and building the capacity of countries to disaggregate data by disability.

 

Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all persons with disabilities (Goal 4)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs provide a powerful framework to guide local communities, countries and the international community toward the achievement of disability-inclusive development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind, including persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issue to be considered in the implementation of all of its goals. The Agenda also includes seven targets and 11 indicators explicitly referencing persons with disabilities, covering access to education and employment, availability of schools that are sensitive to students with disabilities, inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, accessible transport, accessible public and green spaces, and building the capacity of countries to disaggregate data by disability.

 

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls with disabilities (Goal 5)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs provide a powerful framework to guide local communities, countries and the international community toward the achievement of disability-inclusive development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind, including persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issue to be considered in the implementation of all of its goals. The Agenda also includes seven targets and 11 indicators explicitly referencing persons with disabilities, covering access to education and employment, availability of schools that are sensitive to students with disabilities, inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, accessible transport, accessible public and green spaces, and building the capacity of countries to disaggregate data by disability.