DPI e-update - 19 October 2011

October 20, 2011


E-news for Week ending 21 October 2011

Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org .

DPI congratulates Luxembourg on ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol on 26 September 2011.

DPI also congratulates the Global Fund for Women grantees, Leymah Gbowee, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Yemini pro-democracy activist, Tawakkul Karman, who share the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

To read more on The Global Fund for Women, go to



As editor of Disability International, I requested a few months ago articles for submission for our next issue which will be published on our website. The theme is women and empowerment. Thank you for the tremendous response. However, I would request that the countries resubmit the project reports as told from the point of view of one or two women with disabilities who benefited in some way from the projects. Our readers want to hear the voices of the women themselves. To read past issues of Disability International to understand more clearly what to submit, please go to this link. Thank you and we eagerly await your one page stories.

Go to http://www.dpi.org/lang-en/resources/details.php?page=116


More information on DPI's new Human Rights Officer

DPI neglected to add that its new Human Rights Officer, Sherzodbek Sharipov, had also joined US International Council on Disabilities (USICD)(which is the United States' National Assembly in DPI) through the Atlas Corps Fellowship Program. He has been assisting USICD staff in program management and research for the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL), along with organizational and logistical support to the organization. To read more on USICD, go to http://www.usicd.org/template/index.cfm


Australia makes progress on segregated wards

A new female-only psychiatric unit at The Alfred Hospital has been welcomed as a step towards improving the safety for women with mental health problems across Victoria, Australia following women's complaints of harassment and sexual assault by male patients. Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge said guidelines would be provided weeks to create female-only areas in existing psychiatric wards. She stated that "women were too often subjected to abuse in what should be a safe environment," and the new five-bed Alfred unit with its own living area and courtyard was an example of changes that could be made at other hospitals.


A survey by the Victorian Women and Mental Health Network has revealed that 61% of women experienced some form of abuse in psychiatric wards, including harassment, sexual assault and rape. The Female Only Psychiatric Wards Group spokesperson, Anne Holland, said her group had been lobbying for years for the changes and was keen to see segregated wards created statewide. To read more, go to http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/femaleonly-psychiatric-units-to-lift-patient-safety-20110908-1jzrb.html


To read more about the Female Only Psychiatric Wards Group, go to http://home.vicnet.net.au/~fopwg/


Forced Sterilization of Women with Disabilities

The sterilization campaign of Women with Disabilities, Australia has gone global. To read more, go to



Report on Sexual Violence

An advocacy report titled "Out from the Shadows" on sexual violence against children with disabilities is now available on line. To read, follow links at http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/54_out-from-the-shadows.htm

Pacific Rim Conference

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Entitled, "Living to our Complete Potential" will be held 26-27 March 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration and Call for Proposals are now open. To read more go to http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/


The 2nd Asia Pacific Congress

The 2nd Asia Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress will be held in Manila, Philippines. Topics on the agenda include the role of Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) in CBR, harmonizing the CRPD with domestic laws, accessibility, the WHO CBR Guidelines and more. More information at http://www.ncda.gov.ph/cbrcongress/2nd-cbr-congress-3rd-announcement.html


Interdependence 2012

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) are pleased to announce Interdependence 2012 - a global conference and exposition designed to accelerate progress toward accessible communities for all and a cure for paralysis after spinal cord injury (SCI). To read more, go to