Empowerment and Parents Leadership towards inclusive society for children with disabilities

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.


Specific objectives:


  • To shape an effective civic coalition to promote the rights of children with disabilities by strengthening National Coalition of Parents Association
  • To increase participation and representation of CWD and their parents in decision making processes through building platforms
  • To combat and reduce societal stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to CWD.


Target groups:


  • 1 National Civic Coalition (National Parents Association)
  • 1 Regional CBR Network
  • 34 parent-led and resource NGOs
  • 10 CBR resource NGOs
  • 20 RGs’ members
  • 5 duty bearers at national and 10 duty-bearers at oblast level
  • 80 platform members (20 at national and 60 at oblast levels)
  • General public in 2 regions and 1 city: Districts of Republican Subordination and Dushanbe city


The expected results are:


  • National Coalition of Parents Association with 34 member organizations, and 10 NGOs will have enhanced capacity to protect and promote CWD’s rights and social inclusion.
  • National Coalition of Parents Association have strong personal and institutional capacities and skills for the enforcement of social inclusion of CWD
  • The number of discriminatory practices towards social inclusion of CWD reduced, positive cases documented and widely disseminated..


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.