Concluding Observation (Awareness)UNCRPD's Concluding Observations on the initial report of the Philippines
- Concluding Observations
- Awareness (art. 8)
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- The Committee is concerned about:
(a) The emphasis of the State party on prevention of impairment rather than inclusion and exercising rights, and that public resources are allocated to annual events that reinforce the medical approach to disability;
(b) The lack of awareness regarding attitudinal barriers and other hardships confronting women and girls with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities;
(c) The lack of information on the outcomes of “sensitization training” and proclamations of the State party in addressing public apathy and negative attitudes against persons with disabilities.
- The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Strengthen awareness-raising campaigns, in cooperation with organizations of persons with disabilities, to foster a positive image of persons with disabilities as human rights-holders;
(b) Ensure that awareness-raising activities recognize the cross-cutting nature of the Convention, and adopt the human rights model of disability as a key strategy to strengthen public awareness regarding disability;
(c) Strengthen training and capacity-building activities among public authorities, in particular civil servants responsible for implementing the Convention;
(d) Operationalize monitoring instruments to ascertain awareness-raising campaigns and their outcomes in eliminating negative perceptions of persons with disabilities in society.
- Philippine Observatory on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities