Inclusion Africa General Assembly. Nairobi, Kenya- 7 March, 2012.
Inclusion Africa and Inclusion International successfully organised a session on Article 19 of the CRPD during the Inclusion Africa General Assembly that was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 7 March, 2012. Inclusion International introduced Article 19 Campaign on being independent and living in the community. A total of 18 countries participated.
The event was hosted by Kenya Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (KAIH), the member organisation in Kenya. This was a good opportunity to introduce Article 19 to our members in Africa and for self-advocates families and member organizations in the region and plan how they will contribute to our Global Report on living independently and being included in the community to be released in the international forum on achieving inclusion in October, 2012 in Washington DC.
The African contribution to the report will present the picture of what it means to live and be included in the community from the African perspective(s). Over 15 million people in Africa are believed to have intellectual disabilities and majority live in abject poverty and isolation.
Shikuku Obosi, a newly-recruited Inclusion Africa consultant said:
“The business-as-usual attitude and continued segregation and marginalisation of people with intellectual disabilities even by those who claim to speak for the rights of people with all types of disabilities is not justifiable. I am happy to join Inclusion International to support its Africa region at a time when the global organisation is just about to generate yet another hard-to-ignore piece of evidence on the key priorities for people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Africa and beyond