WFD is committed to working towards inclusive political environments that both invite and support the participation and leadership of persons with disabilities (PWDs).
WFD recognises that disability is not caused by someone’s impairment but by barriers in society, which WFD can work to help remove to enable disabled people to be independent and equal in society, with choice and control over their own lives. This means working to ensure electoral systems are accessible, supporting political parties to become more representative; and supporting parties, parliaments and civil society organisations to better understand the lived experiences of PWDs and to design, deliver and enforce policies and laws that invest in the best possible outcomes for PWDs.
WFD’s work on disability recognises that the SDGs – which aim to “leave no one behind” – can only be permanently achieved within the context of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). WFD was proud to join others in making formal commitments to address disability in our future programmes during the Global Disability Summit on July 24 2018 and to sign the Charter for Change and will aim to support national Governments to implement these commitments, and the CRPD, throughout our programming.