Country Programmes

The right to equality and non–discrimination for persons with disabilities

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
13 Feb 201831 May 2021
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 523,812
Thematic focus: Access to Health, Awareness Raising, Disability Policy and/or Law, GBV & Sexual and Reproductive Health, OPDs capacity building, Statistics and Data Collection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • WHO
  • UN Women

Government Organizations

  • Uruguay’s Social Security body
  • The National Disability Programme (PRONADIS)
  • The National Women’s Institute
  • National Ministry of Health
  • Uruguayan Agency for International Cooperation- AUCI

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Uruguayan Alliance of Organizations for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Programme

The current project aims to address recommendations made by two committees -Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – to Uruguay in 2016, that pointed to the existence of multiple and intersectional discrimination, and called for the State to guarantee the right to equality and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities.
Despite much progress in formal equality, discriminatory treatment and barriers persist, and these impede the recognition and the full and equal enjoyment of human rights of persons with disabilities, in breach of Article 5 of the CRPD.


Through an extensive consultations with state institutions and CSOs, three key priority areas for intervention were identified. The Project addressed these barriers through a multi-actor, intersectional and interagency approach and the design, implementation and evaluation of policies that shape change and have a transformative effect on the current cultural and institutional context.

The three main areas of intervention were:

Access to health care: Work with healthcare staff and CSOs to achieve universal access to health care services by persons with disabilities, in particular sexual and reproductive health.

Violence: Raise awareness about violence experienced by persons with disabilities, especially focusing on access to gender based violence care services by women with disabilities.

Information Systems: The systematization of existing information to better identify the population facing barriers (who, where and how) and in particular, conduct in-depth studies on access to sexual health and prevalence of violence.

Programme Documents