On October 15, 2014 during Global Diaspora Week, the Consortium of African Diaspora in the United States (CADUS) hosted a crucial discussion on the state of the UN CRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities), the role of STEM in Africa, and how to engage African women specifically in STEM degrees and careers. The panel Africans and African Diaspora – Implementation of the UN CRPD to break barriers toward disability-inclusive development in national, regional, and international, levels gathered experts that discussed African Diaspora’s experience with challenges and opportunities for helping people with disabilities in Africa and in the United States. The event also examined status of the ratification of the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities at the global level; the African Diaspora’s contribution to improve African women with disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); mediating the plague of fistula in Africa; and financial inclusion for people with disabilities. Read the report from Africa 2050 and Conclusions and Recommendations Oct 15 African Disabilities CRPD.pdf.
- Keynote Speaker: Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State
- Guest Speaker: Maninder S. Gill, Maninder S. Gill – Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience, World Bank Group Global Practice
- Opening Remarks by: Colin Bruce, Director, Regional African Integration, African Diaspora, Africa Region, World Bank Group; and Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher from International diaspora Engagement Alliance
- Speaker: David Morrissey, MPS, Executive Director – US International Council on Disability
- Moderator: Beldina Auma, Chair of the World Bank Group-IMF African Society, Organization of Africans working in the World Bank and IMF institutions.