There are 1,000,000,000 people with disabilities globally. The vast majority of disabled people live in developing countries and are in the lowest bracket on nearly all measures of social and economic standing — including education level, poverty status, political participation, employment status, and other factors. The near exclusion of people with disabilities from all aspects of societal decision-making is one of the critical frontiers of human rights. People with disabilities have been relegated to the margins of society with high rates of human rights violations and questioning of their very personhood. Their voice and civic participation is not commensurate with the fact that they represent 20% of our population.
Who is CBIS?
We are a group of recognized leaders in the disability rights movement, we have come together to seize an urgent opportunity for disability rights. The convergence of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have opened up important spaces and dialogue for people with disabilities to impact decision-making to secure disability rights, and to lend their perspective and creativity to inform more inclusive policies across all sectors.
In joining as a Consortium for Building Inclusive Societies we combine our collective experience to promote the leadership and civic participation of disabled people’s organizations in decision-making forums in community, national, and international spheres. We have worked together in various ways over many years, and have important experience and skills gained through our individual contributions to disability rights.