December 2016
This month, we are celebrating the 2017 theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want. The 17 Goals listed in the Sustainable Development Goals served as the basis for our 2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan.   We look forward to 2017 and working to advance "17 in 17."  As 2016 comes to an end, we highlight how some of our partners have advanced some of these Goals and worked to leave no one behind.
A picture can say a thousand words and we thought you would enjoy seeing some of our favorite moments from 2016 in a little  movie we made - from us to you. 
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DrivingTheAgenda Driving the Agenda
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG Goal 5 

Women and girls  Leona Tamainai applauding in Sign Language with disabilities are among the most marginalized members of the disability community especially Deaf women and women with psychosocial disabilities. With support from Disability Righ ts Advocacy Fund, both the Fiji Association of the Deaf and the Psychiatric Survivors Association of Fiji are working to ensure their inclusion and participation in Fiji's CRPD ratification efforts. View our short interviews of wo men with disabilities from the Pacific, Leona Tamainai and Kelera Taveta, as they talk about hopes of their work in Fiji.  Learn more.
In Indonesia, women with disabilities have led the advocacy for the passage of the Persons with Disabilities Act (adopted in April, 2016). Among the visionary activists is Yeni Damyanti, the founder of the Indonesian Mental Health Association, who speaks out about ending violence against persons with psychosocial disabilities. She says they are the "marginalized among the marginalized." Learn more.

BldngMovements Building Movements
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG Goal 13

Indigenous communities around the world have been rallying around Goals 11 and 13, yet indigenous persons with disabilities are being left behind in these dialogues around disaster risk reduction. In our last newsletter, we highlighted the urgency of in cluding persons with disabilities in these efforts. Here are two stories of why these efforts are also releva nt for indigenous persons with disabilities.
Leona Tamainai applauding in Sign Language
Ipul Powaseu - an indigenous woman with disability from Papua New Guinea and member of a DRAF grantee organization - participated in th e United  Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh at the invi tat ion of the Women's Environment and Development Organizati o n C limate change impacts women and girls differently than me n and boys; Ipul said, "A lot of times when there are discussions about gender, women with disabilities are left behind." During her statement at the closing of the conference, Ipul reminded delegates that, "We are not here to be  mainstreamed into a polluted stream. It is within your p ower, all our power, to meet this crisis with the ambition and urgency it deserves. Let us work together."  Learn more.

Pratima Gurung, an indigenous woman with disab ility and a DRF Global Advisor , has been a tireless campaigner at the global level and in her home country of Nepal on the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities. Pratima shares the challenges for rural indigenous persons with disabilities of the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Reducing disaster risks and fostering resilience are core aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Learn more

AchievingRights Achieving Rights
SDG Goal 4

All too often, persons with intellectual disabilities are left behind - hidden, abused, or excluded from the rest of their communities. They are unable to access adequate health services and education due to the institutional barriers, stigma and discrimination they face. With DRF's support, Inclusion Ghana led a National Coalition to advocate for the inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in Ghana's first Inclusive Education Policy. For the first time, persons with intellectual disabilities had a voice in decision-making that affected them.  Learn more.

SpotlightOnPartners Spotlight on Partners
Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG Goal 10

Jane Akinyi_ DRF_s Global Advisor
Jane Akinyi, DR F's Global Advisor and self-advocate for the rights of persons with intellectual  disabilities, shares the key rights issues she is advancing to achieve equality for persons with intellectual disabilities. Written in partnership with Fatma Haji of Inclusion Africa , this story aims to raise awareness o the depths of inequality persons with intellectual disabilities face when they are stripped of any legal capacity. Jane talks of what is most important to her, "To me all other rights are meaningless if I am not recognized as a person first. Legal capacity is about personhood."  Learn more.

In December 2006, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ten years after the adoption, are countries doing enough to guarantee equal rights and opportunities? How do we know?  To date, data on laws and policies affecting people with disabilities has been largely unavailable. The W ORLD Policy Analysis Center recently launched new data and accessible tools that actors can use in their efforts to measure progress on CRPD implementation. While far more data is needed, a global assessment of key rights areas provides important insights about our collective progress toward realizing the rights enshrined in the CRPD.   Learn more.

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