14 December 2017
We would like to share the new book that has been launched by the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD) and Share-Net International, the knowledge platform on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It features LFTW’s good practice story from Ethiopia (Her Body Her Rights) and an interview with our former colleague Toyin (who worked for us in South Sudan).
Everybody Matters: Good practices for inclusion of people with disabilities in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes
The first copy of the book has been presented to Ms. Catalina Devandas, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She came to The Hague (Netherlands) for an expert meeting on SRHR and disability inclusion on November 23rd, and she has written the foreword of the book.
Everybody Matters has become a book full of inspiring stories and practical examples. There are the stories of disability rights activists Toyin Aderemi from Nigeria and Nidhi Goyal from India, who work tirelessly towards inclusion of people with disabilities and gender equality. Next, out of 26 submissions, we have selected 11 good practices, each from a different perspective and with a different focus, teaching us how to make inclusion work. They are written by SRHR organisations, disability focused organisations, a dance group and a mixed alliance, all from different parts of the world. The book ends with ways forward: a reflection on the challenges encountered and lessons learnt, followed by concrete recommendations for NGOs, policy makers, health workers, and service providers. Throughout the book, unique handmade drawings by visual artists De Beeldvormers accompany the texts and make the stories come to life.
With this book, DCDD and Share-Net International aim to raise awareness on the issue, inspire any reader to take action, and provide practical examples of how to do so: towards full inclusion of people with disabilities in SRHR programmes and services!
We strongly encourage you to spread the book amongst your networks, so that a snowball effect can increase the reach of this book. And if you want to explore opportunities for collaboration yourself, please do not hesitate to contact the organisations behind the good practices in this book. Their contact information is written alongside their stories.