DPI e-update - 3 November 2011

November 4, 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 .

Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

The International Committee of the Red Cross's (ICRC) Statement to the United Nations (2011) titled The Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children is now available. It also references the needs of children with disabilities during humanitarian crisis. It can be read at



Giving Voice to Discrimination and Persons with Albinism

Albinism is an inherited genetic condition. Approximately 1 in 4,000 people are born with albinism in Africa compared to 1 in 20,000 people worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation the rate is as high as 1 in 1,000 for certain populations in Zimbabwe. Persons with Albinism are discriminated against because of visible difference; many live in fear since they are hunted and killed as trophies. To read more, go to http://allafrica.com/stories/201110140666.html


Victory in Peru

A recent resolution in Peru has restored the voting rights to more than 23,000 people with disabilities who had previously been denied participation in the election process.

To read in English, go to http://www.hrw.org/node/102400


Call for Funding Proposals

The Open Society Foundations' International Women's Program and the Disability Rights Initiative announce a call for proposals addressing the situation of women and girls with disabilities in the following post-conflict countries: Nepal, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. Only proposals from these countries will be considered for support. Deadline for proposals is 5 December 2011. More information at



New Toolkit

People of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. On 18 December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year beginning 1 January 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. The Year aims at strengthening national action and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent. This includes their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights; their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society; and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture.

An electronic toolkit was designed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to help address issues related to the situation of people of African descent. It is available at



New On Line Journal

The African Journal of Disability (AJOD) serves as a repository for cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research in all fields of disability studies and rehabilitation sciences in a uniquely African context. AJOD encourages scholarly exchange between all disciplines and academics from both the developing and developed worlds, to work towards the betterment of human development and its practices across the continent. The journal is indispensable for interfaces between disability, poverty, and practices of exclusion and marginalization, and offers an engaging insight into the growth of these disciplines from a distinctly African perspective. To read, go to http://www.ajod.org/index.php/ajod


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