I ett klassrum, fem elever syns i bild, med en skrattande Isabel Massias i mitten. Hon håller handen på sin punktskriftsmaskin.

Through the Swedish partner organisation MyRight Sida has contributed to a programme in Nicaragua in which remedial teachers support students and train teachers in schools that have children with disabilities among their students. For Isabel Massias Gonzalez, 17, who is visually impaired, the presence of a remedial teacher became a turning point in her life.

Photo: My Right


Rights of persons with disabilities

Updated: 9 September 2015

Sida has developed briefs with information and guidance on the application of the Human Rights Based Approach in relation to persons with disabilities. There are briefs for almost every country and/or region where Sweden is engaged in development cooperation. You can access the briefs below.

The human rights of boys, girls, men and women with disabilities are a Swedish priority. Briefs have been prepared to provide basic information about the situation of this group and inspire discussions on what Sweden could do to better include disability rights in programmes and dialogue.

Regional and country specific guidance notes on disability rights:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa
Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sudan and South Sudan

Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

South East Asia

South East Asia

Western Balkan

Western Balkans

Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe

Latin America


The human rights of persons with disabilities

As many as one out of seven (15 per cent), or more than one billion women, men, boys and girls live with a disability according to the World Report on Disability, 2011. Most of them live in developing countries where they often have limited access to health, education, social, economic, political and cultural opportunities.

It is estimated that 82 per cent of persons with disabilities live below the poverty line. One in five of the worlds’ poorest is a person with a disability. 30 per cent of out of school children are children with disabilities. Only 3 per cent of persons with disabilities are literate, and that figure is only 1 per cent when it comes to women. Women and girls with disabilities are at a higher risk of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation.

At the same time there is an increased awareness that development goals cannot be achieved without inclusion of persons with disabilities and that exclusion is not only unfair but also costly to societies (Watch statement by Hillary Clinton). More than 150 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Many Sida partner countries have adopted constitutions and national legal frameworks that guarantee rights for persons with disabilities. However, progress of implementation is generally very slow or non-existing.

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