Disabled Person-Led Monitoring of the UNCRPD

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What is Disabled Person-Led Monitoring Research?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international agreement. It sets out what governments must do to make sure disabled people have the same rights as everybody else. Read the Convention here https://www.odi.govt.nz/united-nations-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/read-the-convention/

In 2008, the New Zealand Government signed the Convention, indicating its commitment to making disability rights real in Aotearoa New Zealand.

More than a decade on, it is important to understand if, and how well, this is happening. Monitoring research is how we do this.

In 2018, the Donald Beasley Institute was appointed by the Disabled Persons Organisation Coalition (DPO Coalition) and the New Zealand Government as the research partner to carry out the monitoring research.

Over three years we will be conducting inclusive and accessible research that enables disabled people to share with us their experiences of human rights in Aotearoa New Zealand, on behalf of the DPO Coalition. We will also be monitoring the progressive realisation of the Convention at a systemic level. This means investigating systems and policies that have resulted in the violation of disabled people's rights.

In 2019, we began the monitoring research by looking at the subject of housing, and in 2020-2021 we will investigate disabled people's access to health and wellbeing services.

It is important to know that this research is led entirely by disabled people. From the project lead and research assistant to monitors, transcribers, and participants, this project embodies the disability rights slogan 'nothing about us, without us' at every stage of the research process.

We will be using this webpage to publish updated information, including advertisements, calls to participate, research documents and forms, the final reports, as well as all of the content in accessible formats (audio, Easy Read, large print, New Zealand Sign Language and te Reo Māori).

Monitoring 2020: Health and Wellbeing

More information coming soon.



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Project Lead
Dr Robbie Francis Watene
027 529 2114

Research Assistant
Umi Asaka
021 109 3218


Project Artwork by Eve McCoy 


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