DSi nominated Charbel Abou Khalil from Lebanon to take part in module 1 of the Middle East and North Africa BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs training. Charbel spent a week in Egypt with disability activists from across the region. Charbel is a self-advocate with Down syndrome.

What is BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs training?

BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs is a training programme on human rights and development for people with disabilities. It is inclusive of all people with disabilities, including people with Down syndrome. It focuses on the CRPD (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). The training is an initiative of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), with support from the Disability Rights Fund.

Read more about BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs training at the IDA website:


Why is it important?

BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs training has many uses for people with disabilities and their organisations, including:

  • Developing an understanding of human rights and development processes at local, national and regional levels
  • Providing practical skills for human rights advocacy
  • Building a more inclusive disability movement by bring different groups together.