Midlands State University - Faculty of Law

Disability Rights Module, Legal Aid Clinic and Community Engagement Activities

Disability Rights Module, Legal Aid Clinic and Community Engagement Activities

Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) are historically a disadvantaged group. Despite the fact that nearly a million people are living with disabilities in Zimbabwe, they continue to suffer severe human rights violations. Some of the problems faced by PWDs are lack of respect for their inherent dignity, high levels of discrimination and stigma, lack of full and effective participation in society, severe poverty, lack of access to vital aspects like justice, education, health facilities and employment services. In a nutshell, there is virtually no awareness of the concept of ‘reasonable accommodation’ of PWDs as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) within the Zimbabwean communities. There is also lack of commitment by the government to foster the protection of the rights of PWDs. Zimbabwe is not a party to the CRPD. To further compound the plight of PWDs, no single law school offers any learning module on disability rights.
 
This project aims to address this gap by providing training to law students on disability rights access and offering outreach training on disability. It builds on the first phase of the disability and law schools project.
 

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