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PFRPD – Summary


The Pacific Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: 2016 -2025 (PFRPD) follows the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability: 2010- 2015 (PRSD) which was endorsed by the first Forum Disability Ministers’ Meeting (FDMM) in Cook Islands in 2009 and by PIF Leaders in August 2010. A review of the PRSD highlighted the need to address a number of priorities through a new regional Framework on the rights of persons with disabilities, taking into account the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as well as a range of other regional and international instruments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The PFRPD follows the definition of disability as outlined in Article 1 of the CRPD: “disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”. The CRPD promotes a human rights approach to disability and enshrines the social model of disability as the spirit of the Convention. All persons with disabilities are included in this definition – men, women, children, youth and older persons. Women with disabilities are recognised as a particularly vulnerable group and in response to the PIF Leaders call for more focus on the needs of women and girls with disabilities in 2013, their rights are specifically addressed throughout the PFRPD: 2016-2025.