UN rights expert: Social protection systems should be more inclusive

October 29, 2015   World

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus | Source

 first report on the right to social protection for persons with disabilitiesBrussels —On October 27, 2015, during the 70th Session of the General Assembly, Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, presented her first report on the right to social protection for persons with disabilities to ensure people with disabilities can make their own choices, to facilitate school and work integration and to change the attitude toward people with disability. 

In her report, the first Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities emphasized the need of having more inclusive social protection systems for persons with disabilities. Austerity measures on the right of people with disabilities have a negative impact on general social services and health care spending. “Some countries make budget cuts that have a profound impact on the livelihood of persons with disabilities and their right to live independently in their community” Ms Devandas said.

Social protection systems are an essential condition for social and economic development that can contribute to building inclusive societies by protection individuals from social risk and deprivation.

IF fully agrees that it is essential to end poverty and to ensure access to healthcare and to inclusive education to improve the quality of life of people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SBH) in all parts of the world.