Disability Rights Fund
DRF supports "Disabled Persons Organizations" (DPO's) in the developing world to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a collaboration between donors and the disability community to advance the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The first human rights treaty of the 21st century and the fastest-negotiated UN treaty ever, the CRPD is also unique for its unprecedented inclusion of civil society in the drafting process. Building on the momentum of this landmark treaty, the DRF focuses grantmaking on building the capacity of Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to be full and equal participants in the achievement of rights for the world’s one billion people with disabilities.
With modest grants, DRF has supported country-level DPOs in the developing world to participate in treaty ratification, implementation, and monitoring efforts.
Our Vision is a world where persons with disabilities participate fully in society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities. DRF's mission is to support Disabled Persons Organizations in the developing world to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
DRF encourages and promotes, for ourselves and our partners, respect for the general principles stated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 3), as follows:
- Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons
- Non-discrimination Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
- Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
- Equality of opportunity Accessibility
- Equality between men and women
- Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities
We also encourage and promote respect for this additional principle:
- Learning and Change: Embracing an open approach to the work we are doing to advance rights of persons with disabilities
This requires learning from our actions, responding to needs as well as successes, and changing course when appropriate; Partnerships: Encouraging the pursuit of a variety of partnerships as part of a strategy to increase capacity and advance rights; Accountability: Committing to take responsibility for one’s actions, especially when in a position of power; A Culture of Rights: Promoting rights-based policies and programs; Sustainability: Recognizing the need for community-led processes that can be sustained long-term in an environmentally friendly manner; Celebration: Remembering the importance of sharing positive experiences, reflecting on achievements, and celebrating the diversity around us.
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