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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Waqar Shahid Puri

Waqar Shahid Puri, STEP Pakistan of TCI Asia, Pakistan

Country: Pakistan
OrganisationSTEP Pakistan, proposed by the TCI (Transforming Communities for Inclusion of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities) Asia, Pakistan
CompletedBRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training of Trainers Module A, Geneva, Feb 2018

“Persons with psychosocial disabilities in Pakistan are not recognised as rights-holders, which are very often left in social care institutions for medications and deadly electric shocks. The ToT Module A of BRIDGE CRPD-SDG last week was an eye-opening experience! During the training, trainees were thought to link CRPD & SDGs, and further train and build the capacity of our organisations (DPOs), self-advocates and other civil society organizations nationally, regionally and Internationally. The training also gave me a better understanding of how the UN CRPD Committee reviews States parties and their national reports.  

After taking this training, I feel more confident on the CRPD and inclusive facilitation to work with and for persons with psychosocial disabilities in Pakistan; supporting them to strengthen their identity and rights, in order for them to enjoy their legal capacity and live their lives as other people do with equal choices.

I particularly appreciated the content and activities delivered, which were designed in a very good manner for easy understanding. Each part of the training was linked with each other, through an interesting building. I believe my organisations and myself will be able to take advantage of this training to build or strengthen capacities of our members and partners. 

To conclude, I would like to say that BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is truly a quite unique inclusive capacity development initiative. Through this initiative, big change can come in the disability movement of countries.” 

Elizabeth Ombati

Elizabeth Ombati at the BRIDGE Training of Trainers, Geneva, February 2018

Country: Kenya
Organisation: United Disabled Persons of Kenya and Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
CompletedBRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training of Trainers Module A, Geneva, Feb 2018

"I have participated in the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG East West Africa (for English speaking countries), basically to shape my skills as advocate first for persons with psychosocial disabilities because we are getting to introduce pieces in the disability sector whereat several of our members are still in the medical module – observing themselves as ‘patients’ and focused on ‘medication’. We have to shift this paradigm and look at persons with psychosocial disabilities from the human rights module. Until we understand this shift, we may not have too much change.

"As a member of United Disabled Persons of Kenya and Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (USPK), I participated in BRIDGE CRPD-SDG to get this knowledge and skills on the CRPD to be able to frame my experiences for my group. The strengthen comes once I understand my space as a person with psychosocial disabilities, and have a firsthand knowledge of other groups, their challenges, barriers and accessibility requirements.  This training of trainers supported seeing myself as a trainer when I usually saw myself as a program officer. The information I have received gave me more confidence to get involved in training. Not only as a journalist but as an inclusive trainer, that gets used to other groups of persons with disabilities and able to articulate the issues of other persons with disabilities and their desire to be included in society on an equal basis with others.

"During this week, I acquired knowledge that will support me questioning things, participating in changes in the community and supporting my fellow colleagues to see ourselves apart from the ‘medical approach’, but as actors of rights, able to claim them in all other areas of life."

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.

Dulamusuren Jigjid

Dulamusuren Jigjid during the BRIDGE CRPD SDG ToT in Geneva, March 2018

Country: Mongolia
OrganisationCulture Centre for the Deaf (CCD) and Mongolian National Association of the Deaf (MNAD), proposed by the World Federation of the Deaf
CompletedBRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training of Trainers Module A, Geneva, Feb 2018

“This training of trainers was very insightful and made absolute sense in terms of the UN CRPD principles and SDGs, and their application regarding the human rights of persons with disabilities. I would say that this was an excellent training with practical exercises and worthwhile information that I can use in both my professional and personal life. It was very interesting to learn some new and different facilitation techniques that will help with human rights training.

I feel genuinely enthused and motivated by the histories of our trainer's real examples of how to develop the UN CRPD and other human rights documents and how to achieve the main goals in global levels. I will share these precious histories with my fellows. Also, the histories and UN CRPD related experiences of other trainees were powerful ways to understand the influence of the CRPD principles. I most appreciated the legal debate that we used prior to assessing our spheres of influence and how to use them.

During the training, I was able to share deaf cultures with other trainees and to share our capabilities. I wish more deaf leaders could have Bridge CRPD-SDG ToT training. The world is becoming increasingly diverse and includes people from different religions, languages, disabilities, and other cultural groups. Thus, it is very important to include language from minorities in human rights-related education and training. 

I am happy having deaf BRIDGE trainers, which will benefit our organisations. This way we get the opportunity to provide a quality human rights and BRIDGE training to the deaf community through international sign. BRIDGE CRPD-SDG takes an inclusive approach to address issues of power inequality in relations between legal forms and implementing mechanism, policies and realities preparing trainers with disabilities themselves, from diverse groups." 

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 

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