Training Workshop on Disability and SOGI 

5 week digital course for Asian civil society organisations on intersectional discrimination. With a particular focus on people with disabilities and issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identities (SOGI) - APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 MARCH 2021


This 5 week course targets Asian civil society representatives working on disability issues. The aim of the course is to enhance human rights awareness, enhance the understanding of disability and SOGI, enhance the capacity to carry out disability and SOGI advocacy and relevant actions and to facilitate Inter-Asia exchange and networking on these issues. During the training sessions, participants will explore the intersectionality of human rights, double discrimination faced by people with multiple identities like disability and SOGI, best practice used by different groups in focusing on these issues and strategies for collaborative efforts  

Workshop Programme


12 March: The Intersectionality of Gender and Disability Equality in Human Rights Research and Campaign

-Relevant experiences on Disability, Sexuality and Gender  -Why is this topic important?  -Useful standards and references - Opening by organisers:  Elisabeth Bjornstol, Head of Equality, NCHR International Department  Professor Zhang Wanhong, Academic Consultant, EISA  Lecturer: Katherine Zappone Campaigner for the Yes campaign in Ireland's Marriage Equality referendum            

19 March: Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Who Pertain to Diverse Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities

-Understand SOGI issues under the Human Rights Framework  -Observation on how the campaign among persons with disabilities pertain to diverse SOGI  -Strategies for moving beyond the boundaries - Lecturer:  Vitit Muntarbhorn Professor Emeritus, Law Faculty, Chulalongkorn University; Former Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity       

26 March: Disability and SOGI Advocacy Strategies

-Understand the human rights model of Disability based on CRPD -Address the disadvantages of PWD in and after the Covid-19 pandemic -Collaborate for an inclusive society/community - Lecturers:  -Gerard Quinn UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities -Patsie Frawley, Associate Professor of Disability & Inclusion, Waikato University      

2 April: Field Study and Regional Experience Exchange

-Help and advice offered by the organisation on disability and SOGI  -Education, advocacy efforts and lessons learned  -Advice to other NGOs for lifting SOGI and disability and focusing on them locally  -  Lecturers:  Ingrid Thunem, The Norwegian Association of Youth with Disabilities     

9 April: Action Research in Human Rights and Evidence-based Advocacy

-NGOs learning from/working with academia in human rights  -How to develop better background studies and surveys on relevant human rights issues  -Networking and research partnership for policy change - Lecturers:  -William Simmons Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, Director of Human Rights Practice Program and CUES Distinguished Fellow at the University of Arizona -Paulo Hansine, Project Manager, Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO) -Jone André José, Mozambique Country Coordinator, The International Association for Integration, Dignity, and Economic Advancement (IDEA)      

A cooperation between EISA and NCHR

The East Lake Institute for Social Advancement (EISA) and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) have cooperated since 2017 on the project ‘Disability and Intersectionality: multiple identities, cumulative discrimination’. We organised workshops on these issues in South Korea, Japan and Nepal and have developed a book on disability, intersectionality and discrimination in Asia that will be published next year. In order to continue and build on that project EISA and the NCHR are now developing more targeted education for Asian NGOs on intersectional discrimination, with a particular focus on disability and SOGI

About us

A short video about the cooperation between EISA and the NCHR and the rationale for the training workshop.

Submit your application

The workshop is free of charge and welcomes applicants from Asian civil society working on disability issues.  Application deadline is 5 March 2021

  • Apply to: 
  • Include CV and describe any need for reasonable accommodation in the application
  • CV should include: name,, email address, work experience, research experience and your  current position
  • You will receive email affirmation if the application is approved
  • Participants are required to attend all lectures and to participate in the open discussions

Practical Information



ZOOM and NCHR website



Structure of each workshop:

45 mins video by the lecturer, followed by 1) 15 mins feedback from assigned local CSOs/communities, and 2) open discussion.


English transcript provided; other accommodation based on application

Why is this topic so important?

A group-specific approach to discrimination and to human rights does not take full account of how different human rights issues and group identities intersect with each other. It is not always possible to neatly group people into categories like for example disabled people, women, race, religious groups, ethnic minorities, LGBTIQ etc. Many people belong to more than one of these groups, and the ways their identities intersect will vary greatly as will the many forms of discrimination that they may encounter. Disabled gay women may experience other types of discrimination than disabled heterosexual men for example. An approach to discrimination that does not take intersectionality into account could prioritise some group identities over others and thereby reinforce discriminatory practices. 

Staff and trainers

Zhang Wanhong, Academic Consultant at EISA, Elisabeth Bjørnstøl, Head of Equality and Non-discrimination at the NCHR, and Ding Peng, Principal researcher at EISA.
Katherine Zappone
Campaigner for the Yes campaign in Ireland's Marriage Equality referendum
Vitit Muntarbhorn
Professor Emeritus, Law Faculty, Chulalongkorn University; Former Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Gerard Quinn
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
Ingrid Thunem
Board member, the Norwegian Association of Youth with Disabilities
William Simmons
Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director of the online graduate programs in Human Rights Practice at the University of Arizona
Patsie Frawley
Associate Professor of Disability & Inclusion at Deakin University 


This will only be available for the participants of the course


East-Lake Institute for Social Advancement (EISA) is a registered Private Non-enterprise Entity (Legal Person) based in Wuhan, China since 2014. It aims to carry out Research on social advancement, public interest and philanthropy, and rights protection; provide consultation and training on public interest law, and support the exchange and capacity building of social organizations. EISA has carried out many projects on access to justice and human rights and has has cooperated with the NCHR for many years.


The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) is a part of the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. The International Department of the NCHR promotes human rights through international competence building, knowledge enhancement and dialogue. One of the main focus areas of the NCHR International Department is Equality and non-discrimination. Equality and non-discrimination principles are present in all international human rights instruments. Despite of the protection and prohibition human rights instruments offer, discriminatory attitudes and practices are abundant and inequality is still a major global human rights challenge. The NCHR cooperates with academic institutions, professional groups and civil society organisations in Asia to enhance their knowledge and practical capacity to meet with different aspects of unequal and discriminatory treatment.

Latest news

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Discussing Disability, Sexuality and Gender in Asia

Asian academics and NGO representatives met in Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2019 to discuss a book project on disability, sexuality and gender in Asia.

Inter-Asia conference on disability, sexual orientation and gender identity

More than 30 NGO representatives from Japan, the Philippines, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia met in Kyoto in August 2018 to discuss the intersectionality of disability and SOGI. 

Workshop on Disability and Gender Equality in Asia

EISA and NCHR organised a workshop in Seoul, South Korea on disability and gender equality in October 2017 where more than 30 Asian NGOs working on disability issues participated.

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East Lake Institute for Social Advancement

Wuhan, China

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