Carmela Leones from Young Voices Philippines spoke at a side event of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD at the UN Headquarters in New York on 13 September. Organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability and titled ‘The Right to Earn a Living: Young Women with Disabilities Call for Action’, the event explored the most effective policies and practices to support employment for young people with disabilities. Unemployment statistics can’t speak, but Carmela explained what it is like to study and work in mainstream settings when you have a disability. What are the challenges? What needs to change? How can their experiences feed into real progress in policy and practice? She was joined by a Young Voices member from India and disability specialists from the UN and the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre at University College London.
Gopal Mitra, International Campaigns Coordinator, facilitated a workshop in Mauritius for civil servants and government ministers on the CRPD and how to mainstream disability into their work. A workshop for Young Voices members was also hosted by Cheshire Mauritius, which marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and received national media coverage.