Disability, access to food, and the UN CRPD: Navigating a rights-based equality discourse in the Netherlands

M.M. Waltz, Tanja Mol, Elinor Gittins

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Abstract

Aims

In 2016, the Netherlands ratified the UN CRPD, becoming one of the last developed nations to sign on. In this presentation, we will explore how equal access to food provides a lens through which barriers to implementing a rights-based approach to disability equality can be examined in countries that are historically resistant to rights-based equality discourses.

Methods

Through a literature review, policy research, and interviews with disabled people, representatives of disabled people’s organisations, Dutch legal scholars and government representatives, food system researchers and food banks, we have explored barriers to equal food access in the Netherlands and multiple approaches to overcoming social, economic and physical barriers.

Results

Analysis indicates that implementation of the UN CRPD and other relevant international and EU policies continues to be limited in the Netherlands due to narrow interpretations, leading to policies and practices that do not foster equal access to resources and environments. Dutch understandings of disability equality are evolving, but encounter opposition from an entrenched system of separation and resistance to mandating change, including a reluctance to even collect data about inequality.

Conclusions

In our conclusion we will present information about gaps in the knowledge base, and we will also make recommendations for steps the Netherlands could take to create truly inclusive policies and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Disability Studies Conference
Subtitle of host publication''The Art of Belonging''
Place of PublicationAmersfoort
PublisherDisability studies Nederland
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Disability Studies
  • food security

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