DPI e-update - 22 November 2011

November 23, 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 .

During its 33rd Independence Celebrations, the Government of the Republic of Dominica recognized Michael Murphy, President of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), for his contribution to the Development of Dominica.  Mr. Murphy received a Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Public Sector Management and the community of persons with disabilities. DPI congratulates Mr. Murphy who was just elected as DPI's Representative for North America and the Caribbean Region.  

NAPHAC/CAFOD has been elected in Cameroon to represent persons with disabilities in the African Union's Economic Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) and Credentials Committee. Plans are underway to visit the 53 Countries members and the Diaspora to organize elections; Disabled Peoples Organizations are encouraged to apply to be among the 150 full members of civil society organizations of the African Union. For more information, contact

Ondoua Abah Gabriel, Chairperson of CAFOD and Director of NAPHAC.

Email facaph2002@yahoo.fr


Launch of SADF

The new South Asia Disability Forum (SADF) is an international network of Disabled Peoples' Organizations (DPOs) of eight countries:  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka throughout South Asia sub region.  SADF will function as a think-tank for the disability sector through development and cooperation. More information



Valuable Information Resources

The United Nations estimates that one billion people worldwide have a disability and that the vast majority of these individuals live in low and middle income countries. Access to and sharing of information resources can build the capacity of local and national disability organisations, promote advocacy by and for people with disabilities and improve the quality of life experienced by disabled people.

Accordingly, Source is an international information support centre designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information on health and disability. Recent additions to the Mental Health Section include Mental Health in post-crisis and development, which can be read at   


Another addition focuses on Ageing and Disability Following Humanitarian Response, which includes a resource book on inclusive practices. Read at    



Global Call for Participation

This is an invitation to participate in "The Road to Pratolino", a web-based blog discussion forum on Social and Economic Policy, Equity, Rights and Development hosted by UNICEF Division of Policy and Practice in preparation for the Pratolino Consultation (21-24 February 2012) on the future of UNICEF policy work. Please send your views via email to socialpolicy@unicef.org

You can read about key themes and also contribute directly to the blog at http://roadtopratolino.blogspot.com/

UNICEF has a long tradition of involving its staff and partners in influencing development agendas to advance children's rights and equity. In recent years, UNICEF has devoted major efforts to mainstream children's rights through child-focused development policy, advocacy and partnerships.


Global agreement to Fight against Polio

This past month global leaders pledged millions of dollars in funding to eradicate polio. Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/global-leaders-pledge-fight-polio-065834751.html


Paper on Sterilization and Women with Disabilities

In many parts of the world, women rely on access to a range of methods to control their fertility, including voluntary sterilization. However, too often, sterilization is not a choice. Women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to forced sterilizations performed under the auspices of legitimate medical care. The practice of forced sterilization is part of a broader pattern of denial of the human rights of women and girls with disabilities. A copy of 'Sterilization of Women and Girls with Disabilities: A Briefing Paper' is available by following link at http://www.wwda.org.au/sterilise2011.htm


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