Handicap International works in Egypt to improve the daily lives of people with disabilities and champion their rights. The organisation focuses on women and young people, in particular those living in urban and peri-urban areas, and supports the social change the population aspires to in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring.
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Handicap International is collaborating with disabled people’s organisations in Egypt to build their capacity to defend their rights and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Particular attention is paid to the representation of women with disabilities. The organisation works for the better inclusion of people with disabilities within the economic system.
At the same time, Handicap International is running a project to ensure access to better quality healthcare for newborns and children aged 0 to 6, and in this way reduce the risk of them developing permanent disabilities. This project, which is being developed in the Asyut Governorate (Nile Valley), involves both health workers and the children’s parents.
Egypt is a country where people with disabilities are overlooked.
Over the past four decades, both society and the political system in Egypt have evolved extremely rapidly. Since, 2011, a series of events has underlined the need for far-reaching changes in the status of young people in Egypt. Members of the Movement for the Rights of People with Disabilities, along with other stakeholders in Egyptian society, have all expressed their desire for change. They have successfully campaigned for the establishment of the National Council on Disability Affairs, an institution that now needs support in order to cement its legitimacy.