Amplifying the Voices of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities in East Africa

Africa, Events, News, November 14 2018

participants at the technical workshop

participants at the technical workshop

KAMPALA, UGANDA: In efforts to amplify the voices of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the East Africa region for them to advocate within a human rights framework in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first ever technical workshop in Eastern African was kicked off 12 November until 14 November, in Kampala, Uganda.

The workshop aims to strengthen the voices of self-advocates and leaders in the movement by providing initial, or enhancing their, understanding of the linkages between the CRPD and SDGs.

Under the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), and with the collaboration of the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), the workshop is supported by Kenyan counterparts in the Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya (USP-K), the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and its Bridge CRPD-SDGs training initiative that is happening just after this workshop. This workshop is financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

For the various participants with psychosocial disabilities representing youth, women, those from rural areas and urban areas, it is a time to have their capacities enhanced so as to support their full and effective participation in policy-making at the local, national, and regional level.

The challenge for the movement of persons with psychosocial disabilities in our East Africa region is that there is a minimal level of knowledge of the CRPD and SDGs among persons with psychosocial disabilities,” said Ms Robinah Alambuya who is the Director at Triumph Uganda Mental Health Support and Recovery Program, a civil society organization and also a Board member at WNUSP.

Find out full news at www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/technical-workshop-psychosocial

Source: IDA CRPD Forum

Re-posted with permission

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