Start Date Ongoing End Date
21 JUL201430 SEP2020
Organizations of Persons with Disabilities
China has the largest community of women and men with disabilities in the world. While in recent years there have been significant improvements in their living conditions and social status, they still face enormous barriers in access to services and entitlements due to the lack of capacity among dedicated institutions and duty-bearers, as well as poor awareness among Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and persons with disabilities about their rights. Nonetheless, in recent high-level political statements, the Chinese authorities placed greater emphasis on improving the lives of persons with disabilities. This Programme intends to seize the opportunity of this political momentum to promote a rights-based perspective to address the needs of persons with disabilities, marking a shift from the current approaches that tend to focus on health and welfare.
The UNPRPD project, implemented by ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF under the aegis of the UN Country Team in China, took a twofold approach to mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities.
On the one hand, the Programme intended to develop the capacity of DPOs and government to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. Building upon the existing cooperation, it worked to develop the institutional capacity of DPOs and agencies, such as the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, to improve their partnerships with national and local authorities to increase access to key services for persons with disabilities.
On the other hand, the project aimed to target its awareness raising efforts to strengthen the role of key government officials, civil servants and professional categories in fulfilling the rights of persons with disabilities. By doing this, the provision and promotion of the rights, entitlements and legal protections afforded to persons with disabilities is improved.