Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities: OHCHR, UNICEF and Yenme conduct joint Information Sessions
01 November 2023
Ashgabat, 31 October 2023 - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central Asia (OHCHR) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with a public organization Yenme, organized a series of information sessions for parents of children with disabilities during 25 – 27 October.
The informational sessions were conducted by young activists, new graduates of the OHCHR School on Human Rights and Advocacy for the Rights of People with Disabilities. The skills and knowledge they gained during the OHCHR School on human rights and international standards on disability enabled them to empower parents to have a stronger understanding of the rights of people with disabilities and to share their own family experience.
As a result, parents of children with disabilities became familiar with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international approaches to disability, and the importance of non-discrimination. In addition to that, young people shared their personal stories on the roles their parents played in preparing them for their lives ahead.