The Women’s Refugee Commission has published a report on ‘Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action’.
This brand-new report presents the approaches, positive practices and ongoing challenges to operationalizing disability inclusion across UNHCR and its partner organizations, and provides lessons and recommendations for the wider humanitarian community. The full report and the Executive Summary (including versions in French, Arabic, and Word formats) can be downloaded at: http://womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/disabilities/disability-inclusion.
Over the last two years, the WRC has been partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the global roll-out of its guidance on Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacement, conducting field assessments and providing technical support and training to UNHCR country offices, its implementing partners and disability organizations. WRC has consulted with over 770 displaced persons, including persons with disabilities, and nearly 400 humanitarian actors across refugee and displacement contexts in eight countries-India (New Delhi), Uganda, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Philippines (Mindanao) and Lebanon-gathering their perspectives on access and inclusion in humanitarian programs and their suggestions for change.
The WRC extends thanks to all UN agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations that participated in this project, and is deeply grateful to the refugees and displaced persons with disabilities and their families who shared their valuable time, perspectives and ideas for change.