HAARAN believes in addressing the inequalities. In the midst of culture, traditions, and customs, PWDs and the Aged are caught in diminishing practices and forced to undergo dehumanizing rituals, rights and ‘cleansing’ acts that remain unspoken in African context. Despite the existence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities many PWDs and the aged face victimization and abuse.
HAARAN projects works towards creating a voice for persons with disabilities and the aged to advocate for their rights through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) and other international and local laws.
This project works to overcome
· Physical Abuse: Any act of violence or rough treatment that causes injury or discomfort, such as slapping, pushing or hitting. It may include over or under-medicating and the use of physical restraints.
· Emotional Abuse: Any act which lowers a person’s dignity and self-worth. This may include regularly yelling at, criticizing, threatening, humiliating or isolating the elderly or disabled person.
· Sexual Abuse: Any unwanted sexual act. This may include unwanted touching or fondling.
· Financial Abuse: Any act involving the misuse of the elderly or disabled person’s money or property without their full knowledge and consent. This includes theft of money, pension cheques or property as well as misuse of a power.
· Neglect: This happens when a caregiver does not properly care for and attend to an elderly or disabled person who cannot fully look after him or herself. Neglect can be intentional or unintentional. It may include withholding food, personal hygiene care, health services, clothing, help or companionship. Neglect may also be self-neglect.