The overall goal:
The action aims to work on the promotion and protection of the rights of Children with Disability (CWD), both girls and boys, in Tajikistan guided by both the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).
The overall objective of the proposed action is to enhance respect for human rights and the fundamental freedoms of children with disabilities (CWD) in Tajikistan; and building a more inclusive and equitable society where they can live in dignity in line with UNCRPD.
The expected results are:
Disability – what are the challenges in the Region?
Fundamental human rights and needs of persons with disabilities are commonly overlooked in development contexts. The situation in Central Asia is not an exception. Preventing disability and combating exclusion and stigmatization of persons with disabilities are both major concerns for any development initiative.
Tajikistan has been through a dramatic social change with the collapse of a comparatively well-running social welfare system during the Soviet time. The country struggles to develop the infrastructure, funding and human resources necessary to address the rights and needs of People with Disabilities (PWDs) and provide them with relevant support. Civil society initiatives and dialogue among civil society and with state actors are limited and awareness on national level changes and laws among government officials at the district level is poor. Tajikistan civil society working towards disability inclusion is fragmented and needs to be unified and strengthened. These are vital to achieve an effective civic coalition fighting social isolation, neglect of human rights and reduction of the stigma and discrimination of CWD.