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Programme: Conference on Disability Rights in Africa

Disability Rights in Africa

Conference, Moot Court Competition, Currciculum Development Meeting and Legal Aid Training

Overcoming obstacles:
towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa


Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
4 - 7 November 2013

Venue:
Law Auditorium (Law 1-54),
Law Building, University of Pretoria

 

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2013
08:30 - 14:00 Southern African Disability Rights Moot Court Competition
15:00 - 18:00 Curriculum Development Meeting
TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2013
08:30 - 17:30 Conference Day 1
18:30 - 21:00 African Disability Rights Yearbook 2013 - Launch
WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2013
08:30 - 14:00 Conference Day 2
15:00 - 17:30 Moot Court Competition Final
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2013
08:00 - 17:00 Legal Aid Training (City Lodge)

DETAILED PROGRAMME

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2013
08:30 - 10:30 Southern African Disability Rights Moot Court Competition: Round 1- 2
10:30 - 11:00 TEA
11:00 - 14:00 Moot Court Competition (continued): Round 3-5
14:00 - 15:00 LUNCH and Announcement of Moot Court Competition Finalists
15:00 - 18:00 Curriculum Meeting
15:00 - 15:30 Zambia
15:30 - 16:00 Midlands State
16:00 - 16:30 Dodoma
16:30 - 17:00 Chancellor Collge
17:00 - 17:30 Eduardo Mondlane
17:30 - 18:30 Comprehensive Curriciulum (introduced by Charles Ngwena)
TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2013
08:00 - 08:45 Registration
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome address
Prof André Boraine, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
09:00 - 09:30 Keynote address: The CRPD as a transformative shift
Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator, Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID
09:30 - 11:00 Disability and promoting awareness-raising
Facilitator: Charles Ngwena
09:30 - 09:50 Implementing article 8 of the CRPD in Africa: translating national commitment into concrete action in Zimbabwe
Tsitsi Chataika, Educational Foundations, University of Zimbabwe
09:50 - 10:10 CRPD applied: implementation challenges in the Lesotho context
Nkhasi Sefuthi, Lesotho Federation of the Organization of the Disabled, Lesotho
10:10 - 10:30 Strategies for engaging the media in implementation of the CRPD
Emmanuella Akinola, Disability Policy Advocate Initiative
10:30 - 10:50 Zambian press inadequate coverage of the rights of persons with disabilities
Larry Njungu, National Trust Fund for the Disabled, Zambia
10:50 - 11:00 Discussion
11:00 - 11:15 TEA
11:15 - 12:45 Disability and education
Facilitator: Tsitsi Chataika
11:15 - 11:35 Examining effectiveness of international standards and frameworks in addressing learning needs of children with disabilities: the case of Uganda
Ronald Kasule, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
11:35 - 11:55 Too little too late? Provision for early childhood development in the CRPD and its domestication in South African legislation
Sue Philpott, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
11:55 - 12:15 The influence of the CRPD on the development of an inclusive school system in Nigeria
Julia Biermann, Department of Inclusive Education, University of Bremen, Germany
12:15 - 12:35 The impact of the CRPD on inclusion in the education sector in Zimbabwe
David Chakuchichi, Open University, Zimbabwe
12:35 - 12:45 Discussion
12:45 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 15:30 Disability and education
Facilitator: Enoch Chilemba
14:00 - 14:20 The historical development of the human right to inclusive education for hearing impaired learners: a critical evaluation of the underpinnings behind inclusiveness
Ngozi Umeh, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
14:20 - 14:40 Investigating teaching and learning support for students with hearing impairment at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Diane Bell, USB-ED, University of Stellenbosch &
Estelle Swart, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
14:40 - 15:00 Excluded and forgotten: educating the hearing-impaired child in Nigeria
Vivian Naigwe, Special School for the Deaf, Anambra State, Nigeria
15:00 - 15:20 Persons with visual impairment and the right to quality education and gainful employment in
South West Nigeria
MS Eniola, Department of Special Education University of Ibadan, Nigeria &
Rasheed Abilu, Department of Education for Learners with Visual Impairment,
Federal College of Education, Oyo State, Nigeria
15:20 - 15:30 Discussion
15:30 - 15:45 TEA
15:45 - 17:30 Equal recognition before the law and access to justice
Facilitator: Helene Combrinck 
15:45 - 16:05 Exploring article 12 of the CRPD with a view of enhancing implementation in Zambia
Wamundila Waliuya, Africa Programme Director: Power International UK
16:05 - 16:25 Implementing article 12 of the CRPD for persons with psychosocial disabilities in Kenya     
Elizabeth Kamundia, Kenya
16:25 - 16:45 Termination of pregnancy of persons with intellectual disability on medical advice: a case study of South Africa
Ashwanee Budoo, Law Practitioners Vocational Course, University of Mauritius
16:45 - 17:30 Discussion
18:30 Launch of African Yearbook on Disability Rights
Law Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2013
08:30 - 12:00 Equal recognition before the law and access to justice
Facilitator: Helene Combrinck 
08:30 - 08:50 From victims to agents: caregivers’ strategies to access justice for children with disabilities exposed to sexual violence
Jean Elphick, National Manager Empowerment Programme: Children with Disabilities and their Families Afrika Tikkun, South Africa;
Rosalind Elphick, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa; &
Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies,  University of Johannesburg, South Africa
08:50 - 09:10 Realising the right to ‘access to criminal justice’ for children with disabilities in Africa: charting the way forward    
Nobuhle Mgijima, Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Ireland
09:10 - 09:30 Testifying in court using augmentative and alternative communication
Juan Bornman & Kerstin Tonsing, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria, South Africa
09:30 - 09:50 Access to justice
Nadia Bameih, NAS Foundation for Persons with Disabilities, Cairo, Egypt
09:50 - 10:10 Protecting women with disabilities from exploitation, violence and abuse: reflections on Nigeria vis-à-vis the CRPD
Ofuani Anwuli, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
10:10 - 10:20 Discussion
10:20 - 11:50 CRPD and overcoming implementation challenges at the domestic level
Facilitator: Elizabeth Kamundia
10:20 - 10:40 The capability model of disability (CMPD)
Victor Santiago Pineda, Adjunct Professor and Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California Berkeley &
Dagnachew Wakene,  Research Associate, World ENABLED / Pineda Foundation
10:40 - 11:00 Transposing disability human rights in Africa
Michael Stein, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Harvard Law School; and William & Mary Law School, USA; &
Janet Lord, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; and Adjunct Professor,
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, USA
11:00 - 11:20 The role of democratic institutions in conducting effective oversight on the implementation of the CRPD: a case study of South Africa
Lorenzo Waterfield, Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, South Africa
11:20 - 11:40 The role of national human rights institutions in protecting the rights of persons
with disabilities in Ethiopia
Abdu Kedir, Senior investigator of Maladministration and legal expert on freedom of information at the Ethopian Institute of the Ombudsman
11:40 - 11:50 Discussion
11:50 - 12:05 TEA
12:05 - 14:00 CRPD and overcoming implementation challenges at the domestic level
Facilitator: Serges Kamga
12:25 - 12:45 The implementation of the CRPD by disabled people’s organisations in Zimbabwe:
experiences and challenges of the National Council of Disabled People in Zimbabwe
Joshua Malinga, Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa & Trynos Gumbo, Research Specialist, African Institute of South Africa, Pretoria
12:45 - 13:05 Administrative and institutional mechanisms for the domestic coordination and monitoring of the
implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa: how near or how far?
Enoch Chilemba, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
13:05 - 13:25 An analysis of the application of traditional public interest impact litigation strategies used
in South Africa to progress disability rights
Louise Bick, Werksmans Attorneys, South Africa
13:25 - 13:45 Justice denied: barriers to equality advocacy and litigation
Willene Holness, School of Law, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa &
Sarah Rule, CREATE (NGO), South Africa
13:45 - 14:00 Discussion
14:00 LUNCH
15:00 Disability Rights Moot Court Competition: Final Round

THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2013
08:00 - 17:00 Legal Aid Training (City Lodge Hotel)

Logistical Information

  • SOUTHERN AFRICAN DISABILITY RIGHTS MOOT COURT COMPETITION
    Moot Court Room, Law Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT MEETING
    Dean's Committee Room, Law Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
  • CONFERENCE VENUE
    Law Auditorium (Law 1-54), Law Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
  • TEA
    Foyer, Law Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
  • LUNCH
    Adlers Restaurant (next to the Graduate Centre)
  • LEGAL AID TRAINING
    City Lodge Hotel

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