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Bridging the gap holds training sessions in Paraguay to consolidate its work on disability data

the project director introducing the meeting to the attendants

On 3 and 4 September, the first and the second components of Bridging the Gap organised in Asunción, Paraguay, a series of training sessions and meetings to consolidate their work to support beneficiary countries in collecting disaggregated data on disability and to assess the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in national policies through a set of CRPD-oriented indicators.

Paraguay is at the center of this process since this country is involved in both, the definition of the indicators under Bridging the Gap’s component I, and their practical use within the framework of the second project component. A work carried out in accordance with Article 31 of the CRPD, which calls on the duty bearers, i.e. the State parties, “to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention”.

The sessions were addressed to statistical officers of the national ministries and the consulting team in charge of the definition of the indicators framework for the National Plan for the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and they were conducted in collaboration with the National Ministry for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (SENADIS) and the umbrella organization CONADIS.

Over 30 participants gathered to listen to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’s consultant Juan Ignacio Pérez Bello on how to give practical use to the indicators elaborated under BtG-I. Likewise, the activity also informed the consulting team of BtG-II on how to inform the new set of indicators for the National Plan and align them to international standards.

During the next months, BtG-I and -II will strengthen its collaboration in Paraguay as well as elsewhere to consolidate the use of consistent indicators and possibly realize some initial tests on their concrete use at national level.