RightsNow! Activities in Peru
July 2016: MIUSA partnered with the Blind Women’s Commission of Peru (Comisión de Damas Invidentes del Perú) to conduct project activities in Peru. CODIP is a non-profit organization that works for the empowerment of women and girls with visual disabilities, in collaboration with DPOs and other groups to carry out joint advocacy activities. CODIP is part of the National Coordinator for Human Rights in Peru and has been working to promote the rights of people, particularly women, with visual and other disabilities for more than 15 years.
November 2016: The RightsNow! project team conducted a five-day introductory visit to Lima to meet with a wide range of stakeholders to gain first-hand information on the status of the national disability legal frameworks, implementation strategies, and disability rights initiatives. U.S. experts met with leaders of DPOs, civil society and human rights organizations, and local and national government officials.
May 2017: RightsNow! sent a team of U.S. experts to Lima who joined Peruvian experts on disability rights law to conduct a five-day training with 31 representatives of key human rights and disability organizations in 10 regions. Training topics included U.S. and Peruvian disability laws, enforcement mechanisms, human rights frameworks, effective policy advocacy, and training of trainers (TOT) workshops on building cross-disability and disability-led advocacy networks in urban and rural communities.
May-September 2017: Twenty-two individual or group trainings were held throughout the country by trained leaders from the training held in May. These leaders mobilized 589 participants, and provided workshops focused on coalition building, local advocacy for implementation of disability laws, accessibility in education, physical access, policy advocacy, and employment.
February 2018: RightsNow! sent a U.S. expert on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility to Lima to conduct 4 training workshops for government employees and other stakeholders. Workshops included presentations on basic elements of ICT accessibility, digital documents, ICT accessibility in higher education, and public procurement.
May 2018: Two webinars in Spanish were held on ICT accessibility policies, web development and content management, as follow up from the ICT technical assistance visit in February.
2016-2018: The RightsNow! Consortium provided technical assistance to DPOs, CSOs and government representatives on ICT accessibility, legal aid for persons with disabilities, US disability laws in Spanish, National Accessibility Plans and implementation of disability rights laws in Peru.
The key resources below are available in Spanish. It is our intention to continue to provide additional resources in Spanish