New York, NY 2017 — United Nations Presentation by Patricia Almeida about Article 8 of the UN CRPD

New York, NY 2017 United Nations presentation by Patricia Almeida about Article 8 of the UN CRPD

Patricia Almeida gave a presentation to the United Nations on using Article 8 of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to change attitudes and promote inclusion.

“Article 8 is about Raising Awareness. We always complain about how attitudes must change so we have access to respect, dignity, services, participation,” Almeida said. “Article 8, if well used, can help us do just that – changing ableist culture to promote equality, by using mass media.”

Article 8 says:

1. States Parties undertake to adopt immediate, effective and appropriate measures:

a) To raise awareness throughout society, including at the family level, regarding persons with disabilities, and to foster respect for the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities;

b) To combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with disabilities, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life;

c) To promote awareness of the capabilities and contributions of persons with disabilities.

Measures to this end include:

a) Initiating and maintaining effective public awareness campaigns designed:

      • To nurture receptiveness to the rights of persons with disabilities;
      • To promote positive perceptions and greater social awareness towards persons with disabilities;
      • To promote recognition of the skills, merits and abilities of persons with disabilities, and of their contributions to the workplace and the labour market;

b) Fostering at all levels of the education system, including in all children from an early age, an attitude of respect for the rights of persons with disabilities;

c) Encouraging all organs of the media to portray persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the purpose of the present Convention;

d) Promoting awareness-training programmes regarding persons with disabilities and the rights of persons with disabilities.”

Almeida’s remarks can be found here.

Link to Patricia Almeida’s PowerPoint presentation [PDF]

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