Disability Projects

Summary

Countries

Fiji and Vanuatu

Goal

People with disability have equal access to information and services that uphold their reproductive and sexual health rights.

Context

Approximately 15 per cent of the world's population live with disability (World Health Organization, 2011). While they have the same reproductive and sexual health rights as people without disability, they often face barriers accessing services and receiving appropriate information and education. Discrimination at all levels in society is a major contributor to this. As a result they have poor reproductive and sexual health outcomes, experience high levels of abuse and exploitation, and their right to healthy relationships is often denied.

Family Planning NSW advocates for the rights of people with disability in Australia to make their own reproductive and sexual health choices. Our goal is full inclusion of people with disability in reproductive and sexual health services through equal access to information and services provided by a skilled workforce. The Australian Government strategy 'Development for All 2015 - 2020: strategy for strengthening disability inclusive development in Australia's aid program' guides this work.

Disability inclusiveness is about creating workplaces and services where people with disability have access to resources and opportunities to learn, work, engage and have a voice to influence decisions that affect not only themselves but those around them.

For more information about Family Planning NSW's commitment to contributing to disability inclusiveness you can read our strategy document "Working together to advance the reproductive and sexual health and rights of people with disability in the Pacific Region" or contact us at international@fpnsw.org.au

Aims

  • Create partnerships with disability organisations and other key stakeholders.
  • Increase the capacity of partner organisation to be disability inclusive.
  • Increase access for primary and secondary school students with disability to comprehensive sexuality education.
  • Contribute evidence towards project design and ongoing development relevant to disability inclusion and reproductive and sexual health and rights.

Progress

  • 206 teachers and participants trained in Fiji
  • Disability audit tool developed and trialled in Vanuatu

Projects

Fiji

Vanuatu

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