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  • Dalal’s story

    TAGS:  australian red cross, blind, dalal, Disability, education, gaza, palestine, red crescent, red cross, rights, rights of persons with disability, university

    Dalal Al-Taji talks passionately of her experiences. She speaks of people with a disability being killed because they can not escape before houses are bombed or demolished. Dalal remembers people with hearing and intellectual disabilities getting shot at checkpoints. Preventing such death and injury for people with a disability in conflicts is crucial, Dalal says.

    Over recent years, Dalal has contributed to efforts being made to improve the lives of people with a disability in Palestine. She is modest about her achievements. Dalal smiles as she notes that the Palestine Red...
  • Beyond the MDGs - Putting Disability on the Agenda

    TAGS:  Ádám Kósa, advocacy, development, Disability, equality, EU, inclusion, MDG, Rio+20, SDG, Sustainable Development Goals, UN

    As the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) enter their last year, disability advocates in Australia and around the world are focussing on what will be next – the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are set to address a broad range of themes with a strong focus on Equality. Advocates agree that as the MDGs draw to a close it is more important than ever to ensure persons with disabilities are not forgotten in the SDGs.

    Let’s take a look at what is happening in the international community:

    Two years ago, the Rio+20 Conference...
  • International Women's Day

    TAGS:  #IWD2014, advocacy, development, Disability, discrimination, empowerment, gender, girl, inspiring change, poverty, women

    This International Women's Day is under the theme of "Inspiring Change".

    International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

    The theme "Inspiring Change" encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

    This call is especially important for women and girls with disabilities living in poor countries, who are widely recognized as...
  • Let's End The Discrimination Against Women with Disabilities

    TAGS:  #IWD2014, Disability, discrimination, gender, girls, International Women’s Day, marginalised, poverty, women

    Women and girls with a disability are widely recognized as being one of the most marginalised group, and face discrimination on many levels making them increasingly susceptible to poverty.

    While data remains limited on the experience of women and girls with disabilities, the statistics available highlight, that issues faced stem from being labelled a "disabled woman" and from gender discrimination, such as wage differentials and lower access to basic services.

    The limited evidence that does exist, tells us that women and girls with a disability...

    TAGS:  conflict, Disability, inclusive disaster response, syria, war

    It is 2014 and the conflict in Syria is now in its third year! The UN recently described Syria as “the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in 20 years”.

    Syrian refugees in Jordan. Image © Oxfam/Caroline Gluck

    Unimaginably, 100,000 people have been killed and around two million have fled the violence to neighbouring countries. Inside Syria, 6.8 million people are displaced and urgently need help.

    Amidst this chaos and tragedy, people who are injured or have a disability are battling to...
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