This project is supported by Open Society Foundation with an aim of improving the human rights situations of persons with disabilities related to agenda 2030 in Kenya. The two main objectives of this project are; to Increase integration and inclusion of disability issues in policy, legal and program formulation and implementation by the various national and county agencies in Kenya and Increase understanding of national and devolved structures by leaders of national and county level DPOs and other key stakeholders involved in disability mainstreaming. The ongoing activities of this project are; monitoring national voluntary reviews of SDGs in Kenya, Organize lobby and roundtable meetings with government agencies and various parliamentary committees and caucuses, Lobby for inclusion of Washington Group on Disability Statistics for the upcoming 2019 national Census in Kenya, Support the Ministry of Education to review and finalize the National Policy on Provision of Education and Training for Learners with Disabilities and Implementation Guidelines. Hold regional forums to enhance capacities of national and county level DPOs officials to participate in devolved level and governance processes to participate in county level budgeting and planning cycles and Capacity building of newly elected/nominated officials that represent special interest groups.

This project was funded by National Council of Persons with Disabilities with an aim of enabling Persons with disabilities to be more informed to participate in political and public life. This project’s main objective was to empower persons with disabilities to participate in voter education process in Whole County effectively. This project was able to accomplish its activities which include; experience sharing forums for PWDs who were political aspirants, awareness creation of PWD leaders on the rights to political participation and representation, training 30 PWD nominated on campaign management and training of elected and nominated PWD on their mandate to represent PWD in various assemblies after 2017 general elections.

The overall aim of the Amplifying Voices of Women with Disabilities in Kenya project that we are currently implementing is to contribute to improved human rights situations of women with disabilities in Kenya. We are working in six counties including Laikipia, Kakamega, Taita Taveta (Y1) and Meru, Homabay and Mombasa (Y2). It also aims at empowering women with disabilities, in identified Counties in Kenya, by promoting their inclusion and participation in decision making processes at both the County and National level. The project also aims at influencing policy and sensitising decision makers to plan and implement programmes with consideration and input from women with disabilities. Significantly, the programme will also seek to establish linkages with the women rights movement in Kenya so that concerns of women with disabilities are mainstreamed in the work of the women rights movement in Kenya.

In the 2009 Kenya population census, the number of females with disability was 682 623 (3.5%) while that of males with disabilities was found to be 647, 689 (3.4%). Additionally, women account for about 52% of the population which means that rapid development must depend on the effective participation of its women in the development process, through access to education, resources, opportunities and the decision-making levels.
Kenya has ratified regional and international conventions and declarations, including the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) among others. Such existing legal framework exists to promote participation of women in all spheres of society. However there exists a huge disparity in practice where participation of women is overlooked.
Women and girls with disabilities face multiple and compounding forms of discrimination. They are targets of discrimination not only due to their disability, but also their gender. Wherever discrimination occurs, they often experience further prejudice, based on common assumptions and widely held beliefs about their status and capacity both as females and as people with disabilities.

The Kenya National Survey for Persons with Disabilities (2009) indicated that there exist disparities in the levels. The Survey showed that while about 17,448 boys attended primary school, the numbers dropped to 6,105 in secondary schools, 1,268 in middle level colleges and only 473 in universities. For the girls, 17,395 attended primary school, 4850 in secondary schools, 1,007 in middle level colleges and only 239 at university level of education.
The rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities in general and women and girls with disabilities are guaranteed within the various international and national legal frameworks. However, limited progress has been made in promoting and protecting the rights of Women with Disabilities, their participation in civil and political processes and their equal access to social and economic opportunities. Their capacity and opportunities to influence government decision making processes, to hold government to account and to demand their rights are limited. Yet these exclusions persist because their voices are not heard. It is this Voice that this Project seeks to amplify.
Facilitating an Equal Right to Vote and Aspire for Political Positions for Persons with Disabilities project (URAIA)

Historically, many persons with disabilities have been excluded from exercising their human rights, including the right to political participation. It is in this regard that UDPK implemented an 18-month national project funded by URAIA. The goal of the project is to create awareness on election processes through voter education, to persons with disabilities so that their participation in electoral processes can be enhanced. The project also sought to advocate with Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions so that that they are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities.

The project also worked with in electoral processes and Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions that are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities. 200 political aspirants were trained on campaigns and negotiation skills, the project also advocated for Persons with disabilities to be elected and nominated for political posts. Through this project UDPK has been able to trained a number political aspirants and candidates with disabilities and held various advocacy meetings both and county and national levels as away making sure that issues of PWDs are taken care of in various interventions by different electoral actors.

Strengthening the participation of Persons with Disabilities in the electoral process in Kenya
This project is supported by Handicap International (HI) and implemented in consortium with Action Network for the disabled (ANDY). The project objectives were to make the 2017 elections as inclusive as possible by bringing all the electoral stakeholders together to see how the challenges that hinder persons with disabilities from effective participation can be resolved amicably and at the same time build capacity of some selected DPOs and issue them with grants for advocacy at the county level as well as undertake civic education.

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Historically, many persons with disabilities have been excluded from exercising their human rights, including the right to political participation. It is in this regard that UDPK implemented an 18-month national project funded by URAIA. The goal of the project is to create awareness on election processes through voter education, to persons with disabilities so that their participation in electoral processes can be enhanced. The project also sought to advocate with Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions so that that they are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities.

 

The project also worked with in electoral processes and Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions that are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities. 200 political aspirants were trained on campaigns and negotiation skills, the project also advocated for Persons with disabilities to be elected and nominated for political posts. Through this project UDPK has been able to trained a number political aspirants and candidates with disabilities and held various advocacy meetings both and county and national levels as away making sure that issues of PWDs are taken care of in various interventions by different electoral actors.

UDPK worked in collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and with support from DFID. The research aims to understand the difference impacts of climatic shocks on Persons with Disabilities, coping mechanisms by Persons with Disabilities and how policy and practice can enhance climate resilience for Persons with Disabilities. It was a six-month project that ended in February 2018 and served to generate good evidence on the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities.

Key activities implemented include:

-Designing and participating in online survey

-Policies analysis

-Conducting Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key informant interviews (KIIs).

This project is supported by Handicap International (HI) and implemented in consortium with Action Network for the disabled (ANDY). The project objectives were to make the 2017 elections as inclusive as possible by bringing all the electoral stakeholders together to see how the challenges that hinder persons with disabilities from effective participation can be resolved amicably and at the same time build capacity of some selected DPOs and issue them with grants for advocacy at the county level as well as undertake civic education.

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