RESOLUTIONS OF THE 2 ND CONFERENCE CPWD, 14 TH - 18 TH NOVEMBER, 2022
Recalling the resolution reached at the inauguration of the Commonwealth
Parliamentarians with Disabilities Conference (CPwD) Africa Region that, Members
should meet once a year to deliberate on issues of promotion, protection and
mainstreaming of disability interests, the Parliament of Tanzania offered to host the
2 nd Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities Conference from 14 th to 18 th
November 2022 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania under the theme “Parliamentarians
and Persons with disabilities as Champions of Inclusion and Accessibility to
Public and Private Sectors”. It was further agreed that special meetings be held in
between the main annual meetings to resolve and push for implementation of
resolutions made and agreed.
Recognised that, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disability (UNCRPD) 2006 exists to promote, protect and ensure full and equal
enjoyment of human rights for all is fundamental for human dignity, self-esteem,
peace and development;
Further Acknowledged that the UNCRPD (2006) urges state parties to take all
appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws,
regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons
Took Cognisance of the fact that the Agenda 2030 includes, persons with
disabilities and recognises them as active contributors to the society who must not
face any discrimination;
Noted that persons with disabilities have faced systemic discrimination, exclusion
from mainstream society, provision with inferior or unequal services, and denied the
dignity, inherent rights and freedoms that those without disabilities enjoy;
Further Noted that the Human Rights Council – Resolution 7/9, 27 March 2008
reaffirms the need to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all
human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to
promote respect for their inherent dignity, and in this regard, calls upon Governments
to take active measures:-
a) To prevent and prohibit all forms of discrimination against persons with
b) To ensure, for persons with disabilities, full and effective participation and
inclusion, respect for their individual autonomy, including the freedom to make
one’s own choices; independence; and equality of opportunities.
Concerned that regardless of the exemplary provisions of the above convention and
resolution, most African countries are still facing challenges in addressing the needs
of persons with disabilities due to lack of accessible environments, lack of
incorporating education systems, poverty, stigmatization and negative societal
Affirms that the Marrakesh Treaty (2013) recognises access to information as a
human right and thus, advocate for mandatory access of published works to persons
who are visually impaired.
Accordingly Resolve that:
1. All Commonwealth Parliaments should review their laws to make available
free, accessible and appropriate public (inclusive) education to all learners
with disabilities. Parliaments should also ensure that inclusive education that
addresses specific needs of learners with disabilities are fulfilled.
2. Parliaments should ensure that legislation on persons with disabilities are
implemented by the government to the fullest.
3. Governments should ensure access to sexual and reproductive health
services for women and girls with disabilities and zero tolerance to all forms
of sexual abuse.
4. Parliamentarians should ensure through legislation that all government
programmes implemented in their constituencies are fully inclusive of persons
5. Government should take affirmative action to support persons with disabilities
economically for independent living, as well as provision of access to
6. Parliaments should ensure through legislation the compulsory representation
of persons with disabilities in decision-making bodies at all levels.
7. All assistive devices including computers, equipment, mobility aids and
adaptive technologies purchased to assists persons with disabilities should
have tax exemptions and or waivers.
8. All buildings (infrastructure) that are accessed by the public should adhere to
universal design standards and best practices to enhance mobility and full
accessibility to persons with disabilities.
9. Access technologies should be made simple, affordable and timely for
persons with disabilities.
10. Capacity building in marketable skills for self-employment and
entrepreneurship to be mainstreamed amongst persons with disabilities to
achieve self-sustainability, independence and dignified contribution to society.
11. Economic policies should be reviewed to meet international Agreements,
Treaties and Conventions in catering for persons with disabilities.
12. Governments should create jobs and establish Public Recruitment
Employment Centres for persons with disabilities (the Ghanaian Case) and
be “persons with disabilities inclusion hampions”.
13. Creative Arts be used as a communication tool to tackle and transform the
mindset, stigmatization and negative perceptions surrounding persons with
14. Parliament should ensure that all budgets allocated for persons with disability
concerns are significant, enough with equitable distribution. Budget allocation
should be gender and persons with disability sensitive.
15. There should be compulsory inclusion of at least 10% of Persons with
disabilities in all Commonwealth Parliaments through nominations where
possible in line with UN statistics average of persons with disabilities globally.
16. Parliaments should hold governments accountable for the implementation of
the Global Disability Summit (GDS) commitments;
17. Parliaments should ensure that all international and regional conventions are
ratified and domesticated by the respective governments (eg. African
18. Parliaments to enact laws that compel parents and care givers of children
with disabilities to support their education.
19. Parliament should ensure the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty (2013)
to facilitate access to published works, to be in accessible formats and
technologies without discrimination for blind / visually impaired persons and
20. Parliament should advocate for accurate data to be collected on the number
of persons with disabilities in their respective countries.
21. Parliament should through legislation ensure that all service providers be
trained in inclusive education (including teachers and healthcare workers
22. Parliaments should through legislation ensure that persons with disabilities
are directly involved in the design, development and delivery of inclusive
products and serves.
23. Parliaments should enact laws and encourage the formulation of policies
around universal design of buildings, roads, products, services and
24. Parliaments should work with civil society organisations (CSOs) in disability
25. CPA Parliaments should support each other in inter-parliamentarian
advocacy work in relations to persons with disabilities.
26. Parliaments should ensure that health facilities have reasonable
accommodation and insurance cover in place to assist persons with
disabilities’ access services and products (The Tanzanian case).
27. All delegations from all countries to CPA general assemblies or conference
must be gender and persons with disability sensitive.
28. All CPA branches have obligation to facilitate Members attendance to all
29. SRHR RESOLUTIONS MUST BE INCLUDED
Unanimously Adopted on Thursday, 17 th November 2022
in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania