AHRCentre welcomes Magdi Birtha from NUI Galway

Magdi is the Marie Curie DREAM Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and is a visiting scholar at the AHRCentre continuing her research on “'Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us' - A case study of the disability movement in Zambia”. 

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.

Magdi's paper will be available in the African Yearbook on Disability Rights later this year.