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Lived experience of persons with disabilities​

Worldwide about one billion people, or 15% of the world's population, live with a disability. 80 percent of them in countries of the Global South. Persons with disabilities belong to the most marginalised groups, still facing severe inequalities in all matters of life. Ensuring their rights and inclusion in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is crucial in achieving the 2030 Agenda with its core principle of Leave No One Behind. End the Cycle is an initiative of CBM promoting the human rights and lived experience of persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries. The stories are collected through a human rights method (CRPD principles are applied during the collection process), i.e. people are in control of their story and review and approve all content before publishing.​

Poverty and disability are often linked, creating a cycle that's hard to escape. Extreme poverty causes disability through factors like lack of access to good nutrition, adequate health care, clean water, or through unsafe working conditions. Disability can contribute to poverty through discrimination and attitudinal, communication, physical or other barriers. A person with disability is less likely to have access to rehabilitation, education and employment — which could help end the cycle of poverty and disability. In CBM's End the Cylce videos, persons with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries tell their own stories in their own words. They personally approve the stories and photographs that represent them. The stories powerfully portray the cycle of poverty of disability and show that it can end when persons with disabilities are included in development and humanitarian programs. CBM's End the Cycle resources are free and downloadable for your use in all sorts of activities and programs. 

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