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Human Rights Africa number 1, 2009 The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities Quarterly Newsletter on human rights, development and disability Content Ten Years: The African Decade of Persons with Disabilities Role of Disabled People Organisations in Development MPs with Disabilities in Africa Rare Disability Editorial This year is significant to the Disability Movement in Africa. It marks the end of the first Decade of Persons with Disabilities. The Decade was proclaimed by the then OAU Assembly of Heads of State and government during the 35th Session held in Algiers, Algeria ten years ago in 1999. The Decade’s goal is the full participation, equality and empowerment of people with disabilities in Africa. Our quarterly newsletters this year will from time to time reflect on the successes of the secretariat in facilitating the implementation of the continental Plan of Action for the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. The role of Disabled Peoples Organisations Africa will also be put into perspectives. Without DPOs, Persons with Disabilities would be even less visible. It’s through their zeal and synergy that disability is being streamlined and authorities aroused to listen. In many African countries currently, we have a significant number of people with disabilities in decision making positions. This indicates the level of achievement by the disability movement. The right by disabled persons to compete in sports at the international level is another success that has given many disabled persons star status. Other visible successes include efforts by manufacturers and contractors to make buildings and vehicles accessible to persons with disabilities. 1
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This issue looks at successes of the disability movement in the African continent. It gives examples and true disability success stories. Welcome to the first issue of human rights Africa, 2009 Ten years: the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities It is now ten years since the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed. Disability in Africa remains critical. A lot has been done and gratitude goes to Disabled Peoples Organisations who have put in place effective mechanisms. Disabled People Organisations in Africa have taken up the responsibility to have disability incorporated into the development agenda of their governments. It is important to note that the disability movement in the world and most significantly of DPOs saw the coming into force of the UNCRPD in May 2008. A lot of lobbying and advocacy has led to the recognition of persons with disabilities and changed the world view of thousands who today accommodate the views and contribution of persons with disabilities. The key objective of most of these DPOs has been to mainstream disability. The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) came into
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