Regional Advocacy: Best Practices from Southeast Asia

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  • The Accomplishment

  • What Worked

  • About the Author

The General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) has brought together disability-led organizations and election-related organizations to successfully raise awareness about political and electoral rights for persons with disabilities in Southeast Asia.

Through strong collaboration and coordination between participating organizations, AGENDA:

  • Supported partners in conducting research about persons with disabilities and their access to elections in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, and Vietnam
  • Advocated with local election organizations to make improvements to election accessibility
  • Encouraged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to adopt political rights for all as part of their human rights agenda
  • Hosted three regional dialogues about the political participation of persons with disabilities, in which election and disability leaders met to share ideas and knowledge for improving election accessibility in the region

As a result of its work, AGENDA is now one of the leading regional organizations in Southeast Asia promoting the political rights of persons with disabilities.