'Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us' - a case study of the disability movement in Zambia

'Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us' - a case study of the disability movement in Zambia
Event date: 
19 Mar 2013 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: 
Staff Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law (F8) UNSW
Enquiries: 
diane.macdonald@unsw.edu.au

Article 33 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) requires state parties to establish a triangular mechanism - including government, an independent element and civil society, in particular the organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs)- to monitor the implementation of the Convention. Drawing on the example of Zambia, the presentation will explore and identify some of the key factors for active and effective civil society participation in policy-making. Zambia is home to a strong disability movement which initiated the establishment of the country's Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU). The seminar will analyse the dynamics and function of the monitoring mechanism and the implementation of the principle 'Nothing about us without us!' in ensuring effective participation of the disability movement, and also compliance with the CRPD.

This seminar will be presented by Magdi Birtha, Early stage Marie Curie Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway. Magdi holds an MA degree in Sociology from ELTE University in Budapest (Hungary) in 2010.

Since 2006 she has developed great experience on disability rights and the application of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by working for various Hungarian and European level NGOs and research institutions (Hungarian Down Foundation, visiting researcher at the European Disability Forum, study visitor at EU Agency for Fundamental Rights). She also worked as a trainee at the Unit of Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the European Commission in 2011.

Contact e-mail: magdolna.birtha@nuigalway.ie