The human rights indicators on the CRPD are presented to Bridging the Gap II partners
On July 6, Bridging the Gap organised an internal online session to present the human rights indicators on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) developed by the first component of the project, led by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), to public institutions, development agencies and organisations of persons with disabilities in Bridging the Gap II (BtG-II) partner countries: Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Sudan.
The first panel was conducted by Victoria Lee, Programme Manager of Bridging the Gap I (BtG-I) at OHCHR, who explained how these indicators have been designed to provide a tool and guidance to strengthen implementation, monitoring and reporting on the rights of persons with disabilities with a view to linking and ensuring mutual reinforcement of the CRPD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, she presented the other tools developed by the project and she explained how to make use of them.
Subsequently, Gloria Acosta, on behalf of the National Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SENADIS) of Paraguay, addressed the practical application of the indicators developed by BtG-I in the BtG-II partner countries, giving the example of Paraguay, country involved in both components. She explored the Paraguayan experience for improving the availability and quality of data on disability and how to strengthen the measurement performance of public institutions using the Human Rights-based indicators.
This presentation session responded to an urgent need to provide practical human rights guidance for data collection and disaggregation to leave no-one behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and beyond, serving as a bridge between the two BtG components and helping the national actors involved in fully understanding how to make use of BtG-I’s work and learn from other relevant regional experiences.
Human rights indicators on the CRPD
The article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) requires State Parties to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to identify barriers faced by persons with disabilities and to enable them to formulate and implement policies that give effect to the CRPD. Data collection and human rights indicators on the CRPD are key to facilitate the implementation of the Convention’s provisions, give guidance on actions and measures to be taken and facilitate the assessment of this progress.
Reinforcing data collection and disability indicators for the planning and monitoring of public policies is crucial. In this sense, the contribution of BtG-I is essential to the work at country level of Bridging the Gap in order to guarantee the alignment of the indicators to human rights’ principle and to infuse knowledge to the involved national and international actors.