Disability Rights / Grantmaking Practice / Women's Rights

Collective Power of Inclusion

Originally published on the Disability Rights Fund blog on April 10, 2017, Catherine Hyde Townsend of Wellspring Advisors reflects on the challenges and opportunities for supporting women and girls with disabilities. In September of last year, thousands of women gathered in Bahia, Brazil for AWID’s women’s rights forum to celebrate the collective power of women … Continue reading

Disability Rights / Knowledge Tools

Being Counted: Funding for Disability

By Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund. This post originally appeared on Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog. “It’s a sad truth that in many developing countries people with disabilities simply don’t count. No data is collected on their disabilities nor their abilities, so it’s as if they just don’t exist.” —Former UK parliamentary undersecretary … Continue reading

Disability Rights

Disability Must Be a Priority Within Development Programmes, Say MPs

This article was shared by Diana Samarasan, Executive Director of the Disability Rights Fund, from the Guardian’s Global Development blog – Disability as an issue needs to be a priority within development programmes, according to UK MPs. A report published on Thursday by the parliamentary international development committee stresses the close links between disability and … Continue reading

Disability Rights

Transatlantic Dialogues: Collaboration and Fun in the Disability Rights Community

Contributed by Catherine Townsend, Co-Chair of the IHRFG Disability Rights Working Group – Collaboration is the talk of the town. We encourage our grantees to do it and aspire to do more of it with our colleague funders. I recently participated in Ariadne’s 2014 policy briefing in Barcelona, Spain, which reminded me of the essential … Continue reading

Children and Youth / Disability Rights / Mobile Media

In Focus: Storytelling and Social Change: How Stories Help Advance Human Rights

Contributed by Paul VanDeCarr, Managing Director, Working Narratives, and Brett Davidson, Director, Health Media Initiative, Open Society Foundations Public Health Program- The following excerpts are drawn from “Storytelling and Social Change: A Strategy Guide for Grantmakers,” written by Paul VanDeCarr for Working Narratives. Child soldiers in Burma. Elder abuse in the United States. Discrimination against … Continue reading

Advocacy / Disability Rights / Working Groups

In Focus: Building a Broad-Based Advocacy Campaign: U.S. Ratification of the Disability Rights Treaty

Contributed by Catherine Townsend, Wellsping Advisors, and Co-Chair, IHRFG Disability Rights Working Group- Human rights advocacy campaigns rarely get second chances. In late 2012, the United States Senate fell short of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by just 5 votes. Yet the U.S. human rights community will be afforded … Continue reading