Community Centre for the Disabled (CCD) is proud to launch a new project “Promoting Inclusive Democracy and Disability Rights in Afghanistan”, funded by The United Nations Democracy Fund.
This is also worth to mention that this project has been awarded to CCD by the United Nations Headquarters in New York through a transparent and global competitive process.
This project aims to improve the participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in democratic processes through awareness raising and building the capacities of civil society groups, media, Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and communities across 6 provinces of Afghanistan. Through a participatory approach, the project will develop coordinated efforts to increase access to voting for PwDs by removing various barriers to their participation in elections at local and national levels and increasing awareness for the rights of PwDs.
The project addresses the barriers to political participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The main objective of this project is to improve the participation of PwDs in democratic processes. This project will be implemented by CCD over a period of two years starts from 1st of March 2018 and ends by February 2020 in 6 provinces of Afghanistan (Bamyan, Daikundi, Balkh, Kunduz, Herat, and Ningarhar, but Kabul will be included at any way as CCD is planning to conduct a national conference in Kabul at the end of the project. The main activities of this project will be engaging and empowering Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), CSOs, media and community members and PwDs themselves to interact with government for monitoring and advocacy purposes. This will result in participatory efforts of all these actors to make the electoral process more disability-inclusive. At the same time the communities’ and general public’s support will increase in favour of the political participation of PwDs.
By completion of this project, the participation of PwDs in democratic processes will be increased through awareness raising and building the capacities of civil society groups, media, DPOs, PwDs and communities: relevant government authorities will be targeted with advocacy to bring reforms in process in support of problems faced by PwDs. Capacity development of DPOs, CSOs, media persons and government staff including Independent Election Commission (IEC) staff with regards to disability problems will enable them to serve in the best interest of PwDs during the elections. The project will also introduce an awareness raising campaign through radio spots and TV ads, billboards and other written publications that promote the equal participation of PwDs throughout the electoral processes.
In the long term, this project is expected to reduce the currently existing inequalities in Afghanistan, through increased political participation of PwDs, especially in the locally and nationally organized elections.
In Afghanistan, we are thinking about our extended disability supporters and donors, this time we would like to give our heartfelt THANKS to the United Nations Democracy Fund. Your support to the disability family of Afghanistan really matters and valuable for us, your support is what make our work possible, your donations keep our efforts running, our persons with disabilities employed, and allow us to serve the underprivileged communities we work in. Your support will change countless lives here. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do.