Persons with disabilities (PWDs)

Only 1 out of 10 faculties in North Macedonia provides literature in accessible format to students with disabilities. Lecture rooms and libraries have limited physical accessibility, and on 55% of faculties there is no elevator, even though the buildings have several floors. More than half of faculties do not have, or do not keep data, on whether there are students with disabilities enrolled. These are some of the barriers that young persons with disabilities in North Macedonia face to equal education as their peers.

Political parties are the building blocks of any elective democracy in that they define the pathways for mobilising and canvassing for votes as well as serve as focal points for engaging on governance. As pivotal as the place of political parties in a democracy are, Nigeria's experience with party organising has been one of mixed results, with particular concerns about the exclusion of women, young people, and persons with disabilities.

The situation before KIPP programme

The situational analysis conducted before KIPP concluded that the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the political parties in Kenya was inadequate and presented a gap concerning the civil and political and democratic rights of persons with disabilities as entrenched in the international and national legal instruments. Political parties were slowly trying to include persons with disabilities in their agenda in terms of policy and practice.

Disability inclusion is important in ensuring persons with disabilities (PWDs) can access their fundamental rights and principles. In Kenya, WFD in partnership with Demo Finland is promoting persons with disabilities (PWDs) inclusion within political parties by implementing the Kenya Inclusive Political Parties (KIPP) Programme.

The programme works with 13 political parties and 21 organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and civil society organizations (CSOs).