Disability issues and advocacy are gaining more attention over the past three decades as Kazakhstan sheds its Soviet-era zeitgeist. Kazakhstan has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to improve the lives of the country’s disabled population that currently makes up nearly 700,000 people.
Through steadfast advacocy of organizations like The Shyrak Association, a domestic NGO advocating the rights of people with disabilities, disability issues are included in the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Dialogue Platform on Human Dimension.
- United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
- Abilis Foundation
- Disabled People International
- Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD)
USAID’s Central Asia Media Program enables disability rights activist Zhaslan Suleimenov to raise awareness and to improve accessibility of public spaces in Kazakhstan’s capital.