BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is an intensive training programme that aims to support organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and disability rights advocates to develop an inclusive (all persons with disabilities) and comprehensive (all human rights) CRPD perspective on development, including the post-2015 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to reinforce their advocacy for inclusion and realisation of rights of persons with disabilities.

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Angeline Chand

Angeline Chand completed the BRIDGE Training of Trainers Module B, Brighton 2017

Country: Fiji
Organisation: Pacific Disability Forum 
CompletedBRIDGE Training of Trainers Module B, Brighton 2017

“You can’t ask for something if you do not know you are entitled to it”. Angeline Chand from Fiji recently received a capacity building training which works to strengthen the understanding of international conventions and commitments. The training is known as the BRIDGE CRPD- SDG training, which links the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“For me personally, the trainings was useful for me to ask the right types of questions. As a result, I have led numerous civil society movements to make my government and other Pacific Islands understand the rights of persons with disabilities – what we are entitled to, what should be ours”.

“The training brings so much clarity to our work! The promises that governments make can be puzzling for us at grassroots levels. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what the commitments really mean. So now, I feel more confident to take what I learnt at the training and make organisations of persons with disabilities – and also self-advocates – lobby stronger!”

BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is a unique inclusive capacity development initiative with the aim to supporting organisations of persons with disabilities and activist to develop an inclusive and comprehensive perspective on the rights of persons with disabilities in development, including the UN 2030 Agenda and sustainable development goals (SDGs). More information on the BRIDGE CRPD- SDG training available at: http://bit.ly/2yLHWjG 

Michael Njenga

Michael Njenga speaking during the BRIDGE ToT Module B in Brighton 2017

Country: Kenya
Organisation: World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
CompletedBRIDGE Training of Trainers Module B, Brighton 2017

“Restoring voice, power and choice as a pathway to independent living and being included in the community on an equal basis with others. This is my motto”. Michael Njenga is a self-advocate of persons with psychosocial disabilities from Kenya. “In the past, governments were not effectively meeting the basic human rights obligations of persons with disabilities in my region. Over time, and through capacity building, we have a better understanding of our rights under both our domestic policy framework and international conventions. This gives us the power to  advocate for our rights within a human rights framework and also ensures that the states fulfil their obligations”.

Michael has received a capacity building training known as the BRIDGE CRPD- SDG training, which works to strengthen the understanding of international conventions and commitments. The training links the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This program also helps the participants to translate the generalities of the CRPD and SDGs into tangible ways that can transform the lives of persons with disabilities at the grassroots level. More information on the BRIDGE CRPD- SDG training available at: http://bit.ly/2yLHWjG 

The program brings together persons from all disability constituencies, including the most marginalized groups. “This really lays a critical foundation for transformative social change and justice. It has been instrumental in creating the next generation of leaders that will ensure the full and effective inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities. It’s fundamentally about amplifying our voices and making the invisible visible in line with the spirit of the SDGs of not leaving no one behind”.

From a practical perspective, the BRIDGE has been able to build the capacity of self-advocates from different parts of Africa. This has created a vibrant grassroots movement whereby people with psychosocial disabilities can collectively shape their human rights discourse at grassroots National and global level.

Risnawati Utami

Risna Utami completed the BRIDGE Training of Trainers Module B, Brighton 2017

Country: Indonesia
Organisation: Disability Rights Fund
CompletedBRIDGE Training of Trainers Module B, Brighton 2017

Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a grant-maker that  empower persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society. Risnawati Utami from Indonesia has been one recipient of a DRF capacity-building grant.

“When the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified in my country of Indonesia, DRF worked with local organisations of persons with disabilities and it really was the beginning of the disability movement in my province. But for me as a person with a disability in a developing country, it was still challenging to access basic services and facilities. Because of support from DRF, I founded my organisation of OHANA, based in Yogyakarta Province and our vision is to achieve social justice and equal rights of persons with disabilities”.

Risna has been trained to deliver capacity-building training in her country, so that she can work through OHANA to empower self-advocates in her province. “Through our collective advocacy and lobbying, our Government is consulting with us when they write policy guidelines. We are seeing a difference already and we are being listened to. This is motivation for me to continue in this work and to continue training more and more people on how they can advocate for their rights. I have taken what I have learnt at global level to translate it to my brothers and sisters at the grassroots level. I do this so that they understand what they are entitled to and so that they can join me in the advocacy!”.

BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is a unique inclusive capacity development initiative with the aim to supporting organisations of persons with disabilities and activist to develop an inclusive and comprehensive perspective on the rights of persons with disabilities in development, including the UN 2030 Agenda and sustainable development goals (SDGs). The BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training has already been delivered to more than 140 leaders and activists with disabilities in South East Asia, Latin America, Indonesia, East and West Africa and the Pacific. More information on the BRIDGE CRPD- SDG training available at: http://bit.ly/2yLHWjG