Voices of the marginalised: full report

This report, entitled “We can also make a change”, presents the findings of the Voices of the Marginalised pilot research project.

It draws on the real-life stories of persons with disabilities and older people, as told to researchers by persons with disabilities, family members of persons with disabilities and older people themselves. The research was carried out in Bangladesh, the world’s seventh most populous country and one experiencing rapid demographic change.

The aim of the research was to understand better the experiences of social, political, and economic exclusion of persons with disabilities and older people from their own perspectives. Although the facts of exclusion are widely documented, the reality of it has been less explored. This is important though, both to further understand poverty and exclusion and to determine whether the rights of persons with disabilities and older people are – or are not – being upheld.

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