Worldwide one billion individuals have a disability. Many people with disabilities experience a range of barriers to education, health care and other basic services and are subjected to violence and discrimination. Many of these human rights abuses are a result of entrenched stigma and a lack of community-based services essential to ensuring their rights, including under the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. How do we change this?
Kriti Sharma is a researcher in the disability rights division at Human Rights Watch. Her research focuses on human rights violations against persons with disabilities worldwide. She has investigated shackling and abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia, the neglect of people with disabilities in the crisis in the Central African Republic, and institutionalization and violence against women and girls with disabilities in India. Kriti holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in International & Comparative Politics, History & Social Sciences with a minor in International Law from the American University of Paris. She speaks Hindi and French.
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