UNPRPD hosts co-design meeting for the development of an Audit Tool to track and document stigma and discrimination

The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) Multi-country project on Ending Stigma and Discrimination, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Marginalization of Persons with Disabilities being jointly implemented by UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in collaboration with Light of the World hosted a Co-design meeting for the development of the Audit Tool in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 30 May to 01 June 2022.

The 3-Day co-design meeting initiates the second stage of the Audit Tool development process which includes the co-creation and design of the final audit tool meant to track stigma and discrimination in TVET institutions and the workplaces.

This development comes after a series of interviews, focus group discussions, research, and a validation meeting of study findings on stigma and discrimination in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and workplaces in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Namibia held on 24 May 2022.

Attending the co-design meeting were a total of 21 participants representing multi-stakeholders from Light for the World, Government, UNESCO, ILO, the UNPRPD Project Dialogue Committee members, and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), and others.

One of the key issues emerging from the co-design meeting was that women and girls with disabilities still face gender-based violence, stigmatization, marginalization, and discrimination from society, TVET institutions, and TVET workplaces.