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Moving from the margins. Mainstreaming persons with disabilities in Pakistan


Moving from the margins. Mainstreaming persons with disabilities in Pakistan.

A custom research report produced for the British Council. August 2014.
Published by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Moving from the margins: Mainstreaming persons with disabilities in Pakistan examines the challenges, opportunities and policy issues affecting persons with disabilities in Pakistan.

Persons with disabilities are often overlooked in discussions about Pakistan’s future. This is by no means peculiar to Pakistan: discrimination, exclusion and neglect of persons with disabilities are commonplace the world over. Professor Michael Stein from Harvard Law School has been heavily involved in this research and argues that most countries still have a long way to go to fulfil the promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

In the three years since Pakistan ratified the CRPD, there has been little progress towards achieving its goal for persons with disabilities to participate fully and effectively in society. Moving from the margins is one of the first attempts to consider the social model for persons with disabilities in Pakistan.

The report makes strong recommendations for policymakers as well as the corporate sector and others. It advocates a comprehensive strategy through a gradual approach that includes policy intervention, awareness-raising and investment. The attitudinal, social and physical barriers faced by persons with disabilities in Pakistan also need to be challenged.