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Disability/minority intersectional discrimination project (SIDA disability)

Duration: December 2018 – December 2020

Countries: Bangladesh, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Mauritania, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine

Communities: Various

Between December 2018 and December 2020, MRG and its partners in 12 countries with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), implemented a two-year pilot project on Disability/Minority Intersectional Discrimination.

The project aimed at bringing together minority and indigenous activists and persons with disabilities within these communities, providing support to bring issues of intersectional discrimination to the circle of human and minority rights activists, and ensuring effective and meaningful participation of indigenous and/or minority persons with disabilities by applying the principle ‘nothing about us without us’.

Overall the feedback from the partners and people involved in the project was positive. The activities and initiatives of the Disability/Minority Intersectional Discrimination pilot phase contributed to the broader capacity development of minority organizations and indigenous communities to understand how PWDs may experience intersectional discrimination, including:

  • Creating bridges between organizations of PWDs and other minority groups and indigenous communities,
  • Increased data on PWDs among minority groups and indigenous communities,
  • Enhancing visibility of intersectional discrimination at local, national, regional and global level

Across this pilot phase, 324 people participated in trainings and coalition building meetings. The majority of this number were PWDs, but participants also included personal assistants, policy makers or government representatives, or parents of children with disabilities and 164 (51%) of these participants identified as women or transgender.

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This report provides an overview of the project activities, a presentation of key findings of the evaluation and some recommendations to MRG on how to continue this work.