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Inclusion, Protection & Wellbeing of HRDs with Disabilities

November 30, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Free but register in advance (details in description)

Protection International, Durham University, and the University of York invite you to a webinar on Strengthening the Inclusion, Protection, and Wellbeing of Human Rights Defenders with Disabilities. 

Drawing on the findings of a research project on this topic, we discuss the following:

  • Who are ‘human rights defenders with disabilities’?
  • How does having a disability (or multiple disabilities) shape the challenges and risks that human rights defenders face in different contexts?
  • How is ableism present in human rights movements around the world?
  • How can human rights movements support the protection and wellbeing of defenders with disabilities more effectively?

Together, we will discuss the challenges and risks faced by defenders with disabilities worldwide and reflect on how to strengthen inclusion in human rights movements.

The session will be co-facilitated by Marjorie Unal and Megan Thomas from Protection International and the following experts will be sharing their experience:

Sarah Napoli (she/her), Learning Services Director at the Disability & Philanthropy Forum. Click here to read Sarah’s story, “The Disabled Mindset: Embracing My Disability Identity.”

Perpetua Senkoro (she/her), Programme Officer with the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and advocate for rights of people with albinism. Click here to watch a video in which Perpetua shares about her work and her experiences as a person with albinism.

Martin Jones (he/him), Professor in International Human Rights Law University of York, and Alice Nah (she/her), Associate Professor at Durham University and Chair of the Board of Protection International, who co-led the research project.

The webinar will take place online using Zoom as a platform. The sessions will be held in English and translated simultaneously into French, Spanish, and Arabic. There will be live captioning in English. For other accessibility needs, please indicate them in the webinar registration form and we will do our very best to accommodate them.

Please register in advance through this link


The webinar will be recorded, transcribed, and published online after the event. A Guide on Strengthening the Inclusion, Protection, and Wellbeing of Human Rights Defenders with Disabilities, will be made available in English, French, Spanish, and Swahili, and in accessible formats. Subscribe to this mailing list to stay updated or visit this website.


November 30, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Free but register in advance (details in description)


online zoom event


Protection International
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