Like many other countries, Rwanda does not have statistics on persons with disabilities. The statistics that are available, for example on children with disabilities, are used by MyRight and our partner organisations in advocacy work.

A blind woman with a white cane stands in front of a vast landscape

Sada Igikundiro, who is deafblind and lives in Rwanda. Through one of MyRight's projects, Sada has learned to communicate via tactile sign language and can now take walks on her own.

Examples of MyRight's work in Rwanda

MyRight has supported the umbrella organization Nudor in Rwanda since the start in 2010. Nudor is today an established umbrella organization in the country. Among other things, they carry out surveys of access to rehabilitation and capacity needs of health personnel with regard to the reception of people with disabilities. Nudor also works continuously to follow up on how laws that protect people with disabilities' rights are complied with and draws attention to factors that prevent children with disabilities from going to school.

The Ministry of Education has received extensive information about this group and this has resulted in five districts in Rwanda now budgeting to increase the quality of children with disabilities' education. MyRight has also helped train religious leaders in all children's right to education.

Our partner organizations work to ensure that people with disabilities have better access to education and health care, for example by training health and medical care workers.

MyRight's partners have been trained in the Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) method and shadow reporting processes. Based on the DRPI method, the disability movement in the country has prepared a shadow report to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

MyRight's partner organisations in Rwanda

  • Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB)
  • Rwandan National Union of the Deaf (RNUD)
  • National Union of Disabilities Organizations in Rwanda (NUDOR)
  • Rwanda National Association of Deaf Women (RNADW)
  • Rwanda Organization Persons with Deaf Blindness (ROPDB)
  • In the African region, MyRight also has a regional project coordinated by the African Union of the Blind (AFUB). The project aims to strengthen the rights of people with visual impairments and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Focus countries for the project are Botswana and Ethiopia.

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