We can also make change: piloting participatory research with persons with disabilities and older people in Bangladesh

We can also make change: piloting participatory research with persons with disabilities and older people in Bangladesh

The aim of the research presented in this report was to understand better the experiences of social, political and economic exclusion of persons with disabilities and older
people in Bangladesh from their own perspectives.
Although the facts of exclusion are widely documented, the reality of it is less well understood.

The research uses participatory methods to explore what persons with disabilities and older people themselves understand as the causes of their social, economic and political exclusion. This is important in furthering wider understanding of poverty and exclusion as well as in determining whether the rights of persons with disabilities and older people are – or are not – being upheld.

From the stories collected and analysed, the peer researchers identified 13 priority areas that affect persons with disabilities and older people. These were:

  • accidents and risks
  • access to education
  • livelihoods
  • medical treatment
  • family support
  • exclusion and mistreatment
  • superstition
  • access to services
  • mobility
  • marriage
  • land
  • rape and sexual abuse
  • the role of grassroots community-based organisations

 

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