India signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2007.
The UNCRPD requires signing states to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities.
Part of the UNCRPD review involves soliciting reports from civil society that provide evidence to the committee on India’s progress and persistent challenges in advancing UNCRPD obligations.
Together with Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre and women with disabilities India Network, Rising Flame has contributed to filing a report with the UN Committee, known as a shadow report that assesses India’s progress towards realizing Article 6 of UNCRPD, focused on realizing the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Documenting progress toward realizing Article 6 in Maharashtra, in May 2018, Rising Flame conducted two focus group discussions with 60 women with visual and locomotor disabilities, aimed at gathering information on the discrimination, violence, abuse that they face.