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Inequality is not inevitable: it is a systemic problem tied to imbalances in power and privilege. We can and we must work together to ensure those who face oppression are heard and empowered to lead the change needed, to make rights a reality on the ground. GDA promotes equality, rights and social justice, firstly supporting disabled people to share their lived experiences and challenge discrimination, working working directly with powerholders to achieve the changes we need, to make our rights real. GDA also shapes and influences policy, services & decisions, by sharing evidence, insights & data drawn from disabled people’s lived experiences.

Intersectional Equality

GDA is committed to making space for the vital expertise of those who face multiple intersecting inequalities, and investing resources to ensure the diversity of Scotland’s disabled people is represented and supported in our work. GDA has worked hard to create safe & inclusive spaces for the most marginalised groups with networks dedicated to rights & needs of disabled people of colour, disabled women, & LGBT disabled people.

GDA uses a Human Rights approach to empower disabled people to know and claim their rights, to educate duty-bearers and hold them accountable.

As part of the Civil Society Reference Group, GDA fed into the work of the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership.

Our Human Rights approach is guided by the PANEL principles:

Read more about these principles on the Scottish Human Rights Consortium website.