Week 1: Fighting for the Right to Act in Bosnia Herzegovina

Week 1: Fighting for the Right to Act in Bosnia Herzegovina

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Good news from Bosnia and Herzegovina! Our partners, SUMERO, held a round table earlier this year on “Improving the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” The signatures from that even have been counted up and SUMERO gathered over 104 signatures for the Right to Act Declaration. This is great news and shows another commitment of support for rights-based services for people with intellectual disabilities in SUMERO.

SUMERO is a non-government organisation that promotes human rights, advocacy and self-advocacy of persons with intellectual disability, in order to ensure social inclusion through quality support services in the local community. They aim to create a society where persons with intellectual disability and their families are equally engaged in all aspects of life, where they have a choice, options and respect.

They’ve done some incredible work, particularly around helping to establish a group of self-advocates with intellectual disability in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is the first of its kind in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The self-advocates work includes meeting with politicians, speaking at conferences, and has included a number  of art projects and public awareness raising efforts. Check out some of the images from their self-advocacy poster campaign last year:

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The roundtable that is pictured above was meant to provide information on legal capacity issues to government representatives, self-advocates, the centers for social welfare, the organisation for support of people with disabilities, parents groups and public institutions. Gathering these people around one table and sharing knowledge on legal capacity law and policy is definitely a step toward ensuring the right to act for all.

 

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