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20050301 Mainstreaming Disability in Development Lessons Learnt from Gender Mainstreaming


20050301 Mainstreaming Disability in Development Lessons Learnt from Gender Mainstreaming

At an international conference held in London in November 2003 disabled delegates from more than 20 countries made a strong call for disability to be mainstreamed in development. It was argued that this was not being done despite many promises from various governments and international agencies. Furthermore, “Delegates with day to day experience of struggling for disabled people’s rights at the grassroots felt very strongly that the present invisibility of disability in development is degrading and unjust, furthers exclusion and violates disabled people’s human rights” (International Service, 2003).
In this paper the authors use the experience of gender mainstreaming as a lens through which to view and reflect on some of the proposals for mainstreaming disability in development. They hope that this will help inform what is happening or planned on disability by the principal international development agencies.