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Project ID:00108075Description:Advancing the Rights of Women
UNPRPD Disability Fund
Start Date *: 11 Dec 2017
UNPRPD - Disability Fund
End Date*: 30 Jun 2021
Country: Zimbabwe Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

he Government of Zimbabwe has undertaken major efforts to establish a legal and institutional framework for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. However, its implementation has realized limited success. As a result, persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe face huge challenges accessing healthcare, education, and justice with disabled women and girls bearing the brunt of the discrimination due to their marginalized gender.

It is within this context that UNESCO, UNDP, and UNFPA in collaboration with UNICEF, UN WOMEN, and the Resident Coordinator’s Office aim to support women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe by i) amplifying their voices based on evidence supported needs, aspirations, and priorities; ii) addressing negative cultural norms; iii) advocating for improved response and prevention to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and access to sexual reproductive health (SRH), and iv) engendering a human rights based approach to SRH service delivery and access to justice, all of which will advance CRPD articles 6, 8,13,23, and 25. While three agencies will implement the proposed project, namely UNDP, UNESCO, and UNFPA, an advisory group consisting of UNICEF, UN Women, the implementing agencies, government, and Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) will be created to oversee its execution.

Women and girls with disabilities have to influence the public discourse about what is disability; there is need to understand girls’ with disabilities perception, aspirations, and fight against social isolation and exclusion from public sectors. At the same time, duty bearers and other stakeholders in the community have a key role to play. The UN in Zimbabwe aims to engage around critical issues such as the transformation of cultural norms, the design and delivery of services, including among others SRH, and the protection of women and girls with disabilities from GBV and harmful practices.

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