Review Article

Implementation of the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Zimbabwe: A review

Cowen Dziva, Munatsi Shoko, Ellen F. Zvogbo
African Journal of Disability | Vol 7 | a389 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v7i0.389 | © 2018 Cowen Dziva | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 May 2017 | Published: 22 October 2018

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Cowen Dziva, Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe
Munatsi Shoko, Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe
Ellen F. Zvogbo, Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe


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Abstract

Background: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into place in 2006, as the main instrument for advancing the human rights of persons with disabilities. For many African states, the Convention came amidst ubiquitous marginalisation and discrimination of persons with disabilities. As expected, the Convention has been hailed as a landmark in the struggle to reframe the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities.

Objectives: This article reviews the implementation of the Convention by the Zimbabwean government.

Method: The study relies on reviews of extant literature on disability rights. Reviewed documents include the Convention, constitution and other related national laws, policies and measures pertaining to disability rights.

Results: This article lauds the state for promulgating a disability-friendly constitution that resembles the Convention to effectuate a human rights approach to disability issues. Relatedly, the state came up with institutions that collaborate with research institutes and disability organisations to conduct research, provide services to persons with disabilities, raise awareness and advocacy and litigate for disability rights.

Conclusion: In spite of these efforts, this article shows that Zimbabwe has yet to close the gap on the ideals of the Convention, mainly because of limited resources amongst state-funded institutions for advancing disability issues. The government of Zimbabwe is challenged to domesticate all provisions of the Convention and to provide resources to institutions for progressive realisation of the rights of persons with disabilities.


Keywords

Implementation; Persons with Disabilities; CRPD; State

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