|Social Rights and Research Association: Monitoring Group for Disability Rights|
Grantee: Social Rights and Research Association
Purpose: Ensuring that persons with disabilities can enjoy fully their rights, without being exposed to discrimination
Grant Amount: 183.342 TL
Partner: Bilgi UniversityPeriod: 8 July 2013 – 7 July 2014
It is not sufficiently monitored to what extent the legislation on disability rights is implemented in Turkey and how much persons with disabilities can benefit from their rights. Therefore, the complaints and suggestions cannot properly be justified and problems remained unsolved.
o A “Monitoring Group for Disability Rights” will be established consisting of minimum 15 NGOs.
o Detection, research and monitoring will be conducted. (Especially screening of legislation in comparison with UN Convention, applications for receiving information, online notification system, media analysis, etc).
o A comprehensive report will be prepared as a result of the monitoring and evaluation.
o Lobbying activities (written applications, meetings, etc) will be carried out and national / international reports will be prepared.
o More than 3,000 official applications
o No less than 200,000 media screening
o Screening of 68 compulsory education textbooks
o Screening of national and international legislation with support from human rights specialists and lawyers
"People with disabilities commonly face discrimination in their daily lives. Discrimination happens when you can’t move on your street’s sidewalk like the rest of the people, can’t get into a public transportation even if you try, can’t continue your education. With the Monitoring Group for Disability Rights project we try to underline that services provided for people with disabilities are not privileges but their rights."
"In almost all of the texts and images in school book people with disabilities portrait as people who can’t go out the street by themselves, can’t cross the street, can’t work. And the reason of this is presented as the disability itself. The findings of the research consolidate the perception of people with disabilities as second class citizens."