DHRC is a national disabled people’s organization formed in 2000 to promote the rights of all disabled people: political, social, legal and economic. DDP’s initial support for DHRC was in raising awareness and generating evidence of disabled people’s rights and needs and influencing policy, all of which was submitted to the constitutional assembly charged with writing Nepal’s new constitution.
DHRC has continued in its advocacy role and with DDP’s support now offers legal services for disabled people who are subject to any kinds of abuse, discrimination or cheated of their inheritance. With DDP’s support, DHRC moved into direct work to alleviate poverty among disabled people and their families and management of a programme of work requiring the training, monitoring and capacity building of local partners.
DHRC has played an important role in supporting DDP to establish partnership with other Nepalese NGOs and DPOs working with such ‘invisible’ disabilities such as mental illness and deafness, and to support inclusion of disabled women and girls in a woman’s organization. Our most recent joint project has been a women-led, disability-inclusive livelihoods programme.