In order to continue with the process of improving the implementation of disability rights in Peru, particular by people with disabilities, participation from all segments of society is needed. Join the movement!

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The RightsNow! project is honored to work with disability leaders, advocates, and allies in Peru to strengthen communities through disability rights implementation.

The rights of people with disabilities in Peru are recognized under the General Law on Persons with Disabilities of 2012 (29973). Peru was the first Latin American country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—in December 2007—and ratified the Marrakesh Treaty at the beginning of 2016, which has recently entered into force. The National Council for the Integration of People with Disabilities (CONADIS), together with the Ministry of Women and Social Development, published a 10-year plan for the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities (2009-2018). This plan has an intersectional approach, therefore a multi-sectoral commission to monitor and follow up this National Plan has been implemented. It is comprised of representatives from the ministries of Women and Social Development, Health, Education, Employment, Foreign Affairs, and Finance. 

Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) are working to advance disability rights and have taken an active role in government negotiations and policy review. Peru was the first Latin American country to provide a review of the CRPD domestically. DPOs actively participated in the country’s CRPD shadow report, particularly through CONFENADIP (the National Confederation of Disabled People of Peru). A number of DPOs are represented, alongside other civil society organizations, in the Roundtable on Disability and Rights. This Roundtable falls under the National Coordinator for Human Rights (CNDDHH) and is actively working together to prioritize disability rights issues on the government agenda. These issues include advocacy in the sectors of health, governance and access, education, and labor.  

While there are a number of very good disability rights laws in Peru, many people with disabilities, particularly in rural areas, are not aware of their rights or how to ensure their rights are upheld. There is still a lot of work to do around implementation and enforcement of local, regional, and national laws. 

In addition, organizations have the responsibility and challenge of sharing good practices and successful experiences when people with disabilities are successfully employed. There are also initiatives to build awareness in the Peruvian business community around the concept of corporate social responsibility.

RightsNow! will work with disability-led organizations, policy makers, legal experts, and other civil society actors to improve inclusion of people with disabilities, including women, children, and indigenous populations, in Peru.

The RightsNow! project welcomes all people to become actively involved in moving the disability rights agenda forward in Peru using the tools and resources made available in the Global Disability Rights Now! resource center

RightsNow! Activities in Peru

In November 2016, the RightsNow! project team conducted a five-day introductory visit to Lima to meet with a wide range of stakeholders. The purpose of the visit was 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. The visit was arranged in collaboration with the Blind Women’s Commission of Peru (CODIP).

In May 2017, RightsNow! sent a team of experts to Peru to conduct capacity-based training designed as a result of information gathered during the introductory visit in 2016. Throughout 2017, RightsNow! will provide technical assistance on disability rights and the U.S. experience, in support of the implementation of disability rights laws in Peru.

Spanish Resources

The key resources below are available in Spanish. It is our intention to continue to provide additional resources in Spanish