Self-advocate from Lebanon: Accessing the Ballot Box

Updated: January 2016

In this 2015 video, which was produced by Inclusion International with support from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) as part of the My Voice Matters! campaign, a self-advocate from Lebanon who has an intellectual disability speaks up about her frustration at not being able to register as a voter or contribute her voice to her community as an equal citizen.   




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Woman: In my family, we are five, but four of us having voting cards that give us the right to vote. Me, I don’t have the right to vote. I have a disability. A problem for them, but for me, I have Down syndrome. I told them to find my name on the list or on the computer. I need to know how to vote. If I don’t, it’s like they are denying all my rights for voting. It’s like I’ve been blamed.

Being banned is torture.


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