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How MyRight work

MyRight works to ensure that people with disabilities around the world have access to their human rights and are able to live independently, free from poverty, in inclusive societies. Everything we do is based on a rights perspective and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Together we are strong

MyRight empowers individuals, including through education and access to care and aids. We also contribute to breaking the isolation many people with disabilities live in, and create platforms so people can meet
and strengthen each other.

We support and strengthen organisations. The organization gives individuals more knowledge and awareness of their rights. The organizations put forward demands and testimonies and monitor how the rights of people with disabilities are respected. They give those in power increased awareness so they can change laws and routines.

Through changes in attitudes and stigma locally, nationally, regionally and globally, poverty and vulnerability are reduced and more people with disabilities get
access to their human rights.

Target groups for our work

The target group for MyRight's work is children, young people and adults with disabilities, and their relatives. Everything we do is aimed at monitoring and strengthening the rights of people with disabilities living in a context of poverty, and contributing to their increased access to their human rights.

MyRight supports functional rights organizations around the world. We have partnerships with larger and smaller organizations that bring together people with a specific disability, umbrella organizations that bring together several disability rights organizations in a country, and regional collaborations. Most of our development collaborations take place in partnership between Swedish functional law organizations and their counterparts in our countries of operation, but we collaborate with several different actors.

Theory of change and working methods

MyRights' work is organized around our theory of change, which describes how people with disabilities can move from exclusion to inclusion in society. The theory of change consists of three steps that are important for a person with a disability to be given good conditions to be included in society.

 1. Increased empowerment
People with disabilities who are able to influence their own lives, exercise self-determination and be fully involved and aware of their rights are better able to participate in society and organize together with others.
2. Strong and competent functional rights organisations
Through viable, competent and legitimate functional rights organizations, the individual members have greater opportunities to jointly promote their rights and to
work for improved living conditions for themselves and others.
3. Increased participation in social development
With increased access to influence and decision-making processes, the opportunities for functional rights organizations to influence society's development through their work increase.
Examples of such instruments are international regulations and policies as well as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the global sustainability goals of Agenda 2030, as well as national legislation and national policies.

Strong organisations are the foundation for change

To be able to make their voices heard in the public debate requires strong organizations that can represent their members. When we know our rights and begin to believe that change is possible, that is when we dare to tell about our experiences and needs, make demands, participate and contribute.

We work to strengthen local organizations and drive development so that people with disabilities have greater access to their rights. Our development collaborations mean that people with disabilities organize themselves to strengthen each other and assert their human rights.

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in society. Therefore, they often lack training, which leads to many disability organizations being relatively weak. Organizational development is a way of increasing the conditions for influencing and participating in the development of society.

Partnership

An important pillar of our development cooperation is the partnership, a partnership based on close cooperation and mutual trust between MyRight's member organizations and their sister organizations around the world.

We work on a rights basis

Our work is always based on people with disabilities living in poverty. They are the actors and it is their own experiences, needs and perspectives that lead the work.

2030 Agenda

De 17 globala målen i Agenda 2030 har både direkta och
indirekta kopplingar till vårt arbete för att främja rättigheter
för personer med funktionsnedsättning. Ett av agendans
ledord är ”Ingen ska lämnas utanför” vilket är en betydelsefull princip, inte minst i vårt påverkansarbete gentemot
andra organisationer – statliga och icke-statliga.

Personer med funktionsnedsättning nämns också direkt i
flera av de globala målen, bland mål 4 om utbildning av god
kvalitet och mål 10 om att minska ojämlikheten inom och
mellan länder.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disability

The convention was created to clarify that people with disabilities have the right to live independently
life with self-determination and full participation and to participate in society on equal terms.

Among other things, the convention lays down three basic rights that the functional rights movements in MyRight's countries of operation repeatedly highlight as decisive: the right to education, livelihood and health

Gender equality

All MyRight projects and programs have a comprehensive gender equality perspective. We work with and for women who themselves live with disabilities and women who are relatives of someone with disabilities.