It is evident that the implied inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) has not resulted in their inclusion in development activities; for example, only an estimated 3-4 per cent of persons with disabilities are believed to benefit from international aid programs (AusAid, 2011). Not only have persons with disabilities not benefitted from much of the progress brought about by the MDG, but their living standards may have been declining in relative terms (UN, 2010).
This paper argues that the absence of specific reference to disability in the MDGs has resulted in the increased marginalisation of persons with disabilities and is contributing towards growing inequalities that are slowing progress at sub-national levels (UNDESA, 2012).
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) exists to defend the rights of people with disabilities. Here, CRPD nominee Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame shares her thoughts on its opportunities and challenges.
A call for better gender representation and geographical spread in the United Nations disability committee has seen 17 women from six continents put forward for election in 2018.