A summary of the activities from Therese and Damian:
“The meeting was a great opportunity to meet other DPO representatives who are in Geneva to advocate on the rights of people with disability at the UN. We had an opportunity to talk about the CRPD Committee’s week of activities and how our groups can observe or participate in these. IDA also facilitated a workshop on key elements of the CRPD to assist us in our advocacy preparations for the week.
Some DPOs are here to observe proceedings, others are here to engage in the review of their country – Paraguay – and others aim to directly influence the CRPD Committee in its decisions regarding a list of issues – Australia, El Salvador and Austria.
We will be very fortunate to observe the review of Paraguay by the CRPD Committee, as this will provide us with useful information for our preparations for the September review of Australia. The Paraguay DPOs are conducting a side-event for the CRPD Committee on their key issues and this will assist us to prepare for the Australian side-event that will take place on Wednesday.
There is also a delegation of Indigenous representatives from around the world that we will be meeting during the week. Gayle Rankine, Chair of First Peoples Disability Network Australia
is part of this group. We also have a number of meetings lined up with a range of non-government organisations (NGOs) to discuss Disability Rights Now and to inform NGO advocacy.
Following the IDA meeting, we met with an international NGO, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children (Global Initiative). We talked about the situation for children with disability in Australia, particularly about the harm caused by the use of restrictive practices in schools and disability service systems, the overrepresentation in juvenile justice, the lack of measures in the National Child Protection Framework and some specific issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disability”.
Therese and Damian will be providing regular updates on the week’s activities. For more information about the Australian CRPD Project Group and Disability Rights Now visit www.disabilityrightsnow.org.au
On behalf of the Australian CRPD Report Project Group