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The situation

There are an estimated 16 million people with disabilities in Bangladesh, or 10 per cent of the country’s population (although this is likely to be a conservative number as data on disability is limited, and the global percentage of disability is estimated at 15 per cent). The country has prioritised disability as one of the major thematic areas of its development agenda. Policy frameworks have already been put in place to ensure disability-inclusive development, and legislation to protect people with disabilities has been brought in.

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What we’re calling for

The government of Bangladesh has drafted a new National Plan of Action, launched in January 2019, to implement the Disability Rights and Protection Act 2013 (which is line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). The plan highlights the key strategic priorities to be undertaken – its timely and effective implementation has the potential to transform society and have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people with disabilities in Bangladesh.

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2,631 people

signed our call to the government of Bangladesh to put the newly approved National Plan of Action into effect, to implement the Disability Rights and Protection Act 2013.


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