Since its creation in 2008, Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) has led a disability rights advocacy consortium consisting of 35 member organisations spanning across every region throughout the national territory. HSB trains each partner organisation on what advocacy is, advocacy strategies, disability rights activities, leadership, citizenship etc. By training these organisations, HSB’s strategies and knowledge are perpetuated across the country, synthesising the disability rights community. Each member organisation of the HSB-led consortium then carries out its own advocacy and re-education activities aimed at educating policy makers, public services, employers, families and disabled people themselves on disability rights. The holistic country-wide approach is absolutely necessary if we are to effect change in the collective mentality and attitude of Burkinabe society towards disability rights.

The consortium of disability rights organisations adds considerable weight to any advocacy activities carried out. Similar to a worker’s union, it provides strength in numbers to under-represented people in society, as well as an avenue through which to challenge structural inequalities which limit opportunities for disabled people.

Many of HSB’s advocacy activities are centred around the application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Although the CRPD was ratified by the state of Burkina Faso in 2009, HSB continues to advocate for its practical application.