NGOs and Disability Justice Activism in the Religion Academy

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NGOs and Disability Justice Activism in the Religion Academy

September 11, 2021 Humanities and Social Sciences 0

The World Council of Churches (WCC), which has 348 member churches, is an example of coalition building, especially in terms of supporting individuals, churches, and ministries in their efforts to include, participate in, and contribute to the ecumenical work of people with disabilities. The Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) supports one of the WCC’s initiatives—faith in Jesus Christ and communion fellowship—in the quest for visible unity and justice for those who have too often been excluded from the banquet of a church of all and for all. The inclusion agenda of EDAN and other international disability campaigners has lately been incorporated into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), the United Nations has brought protections against discrimination, exploitation, and abuse of individuals with disabilities to the level of international law. The World Health Organization collaborates with partners all around the world to collect data and conduct local evaluations of efforts to reduce unnecessary disability and increase rehabilitation programme availability. These international organisations have benefited from the perspectives of disabled persons and scholars working at the intersections of disability, religion, and justice. The efficacy and opportunities of international coalitions available with these organisations are examined in this essay in order to challenge the ethics of simple accommodations with a more robust social justice of affirmation and advocacy for people with disabilities: a new paradigm for our churches and our world. The study’s goals are to 1) consider how Christian communities understand diversity in the human family, including People with Disabilities (PWD); 2) challenge Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to increase their support for PWD by making accessibility a key component of initiative solutions; and 3) encourage collaboration in mission efforts that ensure the inclusion of PWD and their allies in policing.

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Mary Jo Iozzio
Boston College, STM, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA.

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