One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. The United Nations Secretary-General has highlighted this population as a critical group for inclusion. The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action was one of the key outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, and called for the development of guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. The establishment of the United Nations Inter- Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action marks a significant step in advancing accountability for the inclusion of persons with disabilities within inter-agency coordination mechanisms.
In 2018, funds from the Australian Government were made available to the Women’s Refugee Commission to pilot a component of the IASC Guidelines. The pilot aimed to demonstrate and document how GBV guidance can been practically applied to support the protection and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities in humanitarian action.
IPPF’s Member Association in Sri Lanka, the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, was awarded by the Women’s Refugee Commission to pilot these guidelines in early 2019.