Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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Canadian Scholars
322 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
October 2015
Print ISBN: 9781551307411


The 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has provided a significant catalyst and a legal mandate for disability rights monitoring, and discussions on disability rights are breaking new ground across disciplines. Disability, Rights Monitoring, and Social Change is an important and timely collection that explores and challenges the ways in which disability rights are monitored.

The contributors to this edited volume range from grassroots activists to international scholars and United Nations advisors. The chapters address the current theoretical, methodological, and practical issues surrounding disability rights monitoring and offer a detailed look at law and policy reforms, best practices, and holistic methods. This unique compilation crosses the divide between the global South and North and explores the complex issues of intersectionality that arise for women with disabilities, Indigenous peoples with disabilities, and people with diverse disabilities.

Its participatory methodology—calling for the inclusion of people with disabilities in processes that involve them—and its local and international perspective make this book a critical contribution to the fields of rights monitoring and disability studies. Appropriate for courses on disability, human rights, social justice, policy, and advocacy, this volume serves as a guide and learning tool for anyone interested in disability rights monitoring and, more generally, the effective practice of monitoring human rights.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A North–South Dialogue on Participatory Monitoring, Marcia H. Rioux
Background: Monitoring–A Key Element in Realizing Human Rights for All, Bengt Lindqvist

Chapter 1: Concurrent Multinational Monitoring of Disability Rights in the European Union: Potential, Principle, and Pragmatism, Anna Lawson and Mark Priestley
Chapter 2: The Preparation of a Parallel Report on the CRPD: The Philippine Experience, Lauro L. Purcil, Jr.
Chapter 3: Reflections on the First Working Period of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2009–2012), María Soledad Cisternas Reyes
Chapter 4: Monitoring Gender Equality and Violence in Conditions of Structural Inequality and Violence, Annie Bunting

Chapter 5: Bringing Pieces Together: A Way of Integrating Disability Rights Monitoring Data: Case Studies from Two Canadian Provinces, Ontario and Quebec, Mihaela Dinca-Panaitescu
Chapter 6: Human Rights Legal Clinics in Latin America: Tackling the Implementation of Disability Rights, Natalia Angel-Cabo
Chapter 7: Media Monitoring from a Disability Rights Perspective: A Critical Piece in the Rights Monitoring Project, Gillian Parekh, Jessica Vorstermans, and Paula Hearn
Chapter 8: Monitoring Individual Experiences: An Innovative Strategy to Initiate Social Change in the Exercise of Human Rights by Persons with Disabilities?, Normand Boucher and David Fiset

Chapter 9: Disability-based Discrimination in India, Kalpana Kannabiran
Chapter 10: Effective and Equal Enjoyment of all Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by Persons with Disabilities in New Zealand, Petra Butler
Chapter 11: Canada Tracks Disability Rights: Using a DRPI Model of Systemic Monitoring to Highlight Law and Policy Impacting Disability, Roxanne Mykitiuk and Yvonne Peters
Chapter 12: Federalism, Decentralization, and Human Rights: Level of Implementation of the CRPD in Developing Countries: Lessons from Latin America, José M. Viera

Chapter 13: Disability Rights, Development, and the Roles of the Disability Movement from the International to the Grassroots, Samuel Kabue
Chapter 14: Hopes and Dilemmas of Africans with Disabilities: The Monitoring of Regional Disability Rights in Africa, Futsum Abbay
Chapter 15: Marginalizing the Subaltern Within: How to Effectively Engage with and Monitor Diverse Cultural Identities with Disabilities when Individual Identity Dominates the Collective Identity Framework, Huhana Hickey
Chapter 16: Securing the Full Participation of Persons with Disabilities and Their Representative Organizations in Disability Rights Monitoring, Rita M. Samson
Chapter 17: User/Survivor Monitoring Within the DPO Movement, Moosa Salie
Chapter 18: Monitoring Social Services for Persons with Disabilities in the Socioeconomic Context of Eastern Europe as a Tool for Enhancing Social Inclusion, Radoš Keravica

Conclusion: Debating Disability Rights Monitoring: Strengths, Weaknesses, and the Challenges Ahead, Paula C. Pinto


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