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RightsNow! team members, members of El Colectivo, members of the Disability Affairs Commission stand and smile for a photo in the entrance to the Guatemalan Congress

RightsNow! Conducts Introductory Field Visit to Guatemala

10/23/2016 - 10/28/2016

In October 2016, RightsNow! representatives traveled to Guatemala to meet with disability rights leaders and other key stakeholders in order to learn about the status of and priorities for greater enforcement of disability rights. Working in close collaboration with Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala, a local cross-disability Disabled People's Organization (DPO), the RightsNow! team met with a range of stakeholders within the disability sector.

Lights of a pagoda are reflected by a pond at dusk

One Decade After the UN CRPD and Women and Girls with Disabilities

10/18/2016 - 10/19/2016

The UN CRPD is a powerful tool for implementing law and policy for women with disabilities at the regional, national, and international levels. It is nevertheless true that many women with disabilities, States Parties, and even NGOs lack the experience and resources for developing and implementing relevant articles of the UN CRPD into concrete action.

Vietnam delegates meet with Judy Heumann and Susan Sygall in DC

Vietnam Disability Study Tour in Washington, DC

10/05/2016 - 10/15/2016

With sponsorship from USAID/Vietnam and the Institute of International Education (IIE), Mobility International USA (MIUSA) organized and facilitated a 10‐day Study Tour in Washington, D.C. for a high-level delegation from Vietnam. In October 2016, delegates engaged in professional meetings, interactive seminars and workshops, panel discussions, site visits, and strategic planning sessions.

three women singing and signing in sign language along to the lyrics

Women Remaking the World


For the very first time, International Women's Forum members from around the world were asked to compete to present their leading-edge ideas and inventions for building a better world—and better lives. MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall, a member of IWF Oregon, was one of three plenary speakers selected to take the stage and make lightning-round presentations about compelling concepts fitting the theme, "Ideas Remaking the World."

Three women in Cameroon laughing, clapping

Advancing Disability Justice Through Peace Corps


In commemoration of the Peace Corps' 55th Anniversary, the National Peace Corps Association hosted Peace Corps Beyond to highlight the work being done by members of its community to foster world peace worldwide.

Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann speaks on the ECA panel sitting next to an ECA alumni who uses a wheelchair.

Exchanges for All: Disability Inclusion in ECA Exchange Programs


In the 75+ years that the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has sponsored academic, professional, cultural, and sports exchange programs between the U.S. and countries worldwide, it has led the way in ensuring that people with disabilities are included and represented in citizen diplomacy.

Women and men professionals with and without disabilities from diverse nations stand in a group. One man uses a white cane and another uses crutches.

Exploring Disability Rights Implementation Tactics in D.C.

09/17/2016 - 09/24/2016

Mobility International USA (MIUSA), in partnership with three leading U.S. organizations, welcomed a delegation of 25 disability rights leaders from six countries to Washington D.C. for the RightsNow!: Exploring the U.S. Model conference during one week in September 2016. This prestigious and high-level conference was a part of the RightsNow!: Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities project, funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA.

Brilliant and Resilient exhibit displayed on easels

Brilliant & Resilient Exhibition Debuts at World Bank

09/15/2016 - 09/28/2016

The Brilliant & Resilient photo exhibition displayed at the World Bank for two weeks in September 2016. The exhibition event launched on September 21, 2016 with a reception and panel discussion on how women with disabilities across the globe are working as change agents to empower women and girls with disabilities in their communities.

Spherical globes and minature suitcases and Effiel Tower in a line

Disability Basics at European Higher Education Conference

09/13/2016 - 09/16/2016

This interactive session at 10:30-11:30 am on September 16, 2016, "Students with disabilities: A primer for mobility advisers," educated attendees at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference on strategies to resolve access barriers in study abroad. Activities sought to dispel misconceptions about specific disabilities, guide in respectful interactions, and build confidence to champion inclusion.

A blind international student prepares to board a bus.

Advancing International Exchange Through a More Perfect Union

08/18/2016 - 08/25/2016

Blind people access many mainstream opportunities for international exchange including study, volunteerism and internships, yet they also confront a set of unique challenges such as access to printed materials.

The World Blind Union (WBU) is an organization of associations of blind people across the world, which is actively involved in advancing the rights and opportunities of blind people to access education and employment.