Inception Workshop on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Zimbabwe
A workshop will be held during the inception phase of the joint UN initiative on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities with the aim of bringing together implementing agencies, namely UNESCO, UNDP, and UNFPA, along with DPOs and government, to develop a detailed work plan as well as facilitate a joint capacity building to ensure all relevant parties have an adequate understanding of the CRPD, and mainstreaming gender and HRBA. The aforementioned steps will play a critical role in influencing and serving as a benchmark for all activities implemented by the contributing agencies.
The Government of Zimbabwe has undertaken major efforts to establish a legal and institutional framework for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. However, its implementation has realized limited success. As a result, persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe face challenges accessing healthcare, education, and justice with disabled women and girls bearing the brunt of the discrimination due to their marginalized gender.
It is within this context that UNESCO, UNDP, and UNFPA in collaboration with UNICEF, UN WOMEN, and the Resident Coordinator’s Office aim to support women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe by i) amplifying their voices based on evidence supported needs, aspirations, and priorities; ii) addressing negative cultural norms; iii) advocating for improved response and prevention to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and access to sexual reproductive health (SRH), and iv) engendering a human rights based approach to SRH service delivery and access to justice.