Inclusion in Tourism has a New "Friend in High Places": Congratulations Rosangela Berman-Bieler

Ms. Rosangela Berman-Bieler was recently appointed as UNICEF's Senior Adviser on Children with Disabilities, in the Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement Section of the Division of Policy and Practice, New York. Rosangela is a Brazilian journalist, publisher and disability rights advocate, who is known internationally for her work on disability issues. She founded the first Independent Living Centre in Brazil in the 1980s, and is also founder and president of the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development, an NGO created to promote social, economic and political empowerment and participation of persons with disabilities in the LAC Region, and in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Rosangela has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and various UN agencies, focusing on disability, inclusive development and poverty alleviation in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. One of her most notable achievements is helping to negotiate the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

Within UNICEF's renewed focus on equity, Rosangela will contribute her extensive expertise on mainstreaming disability, as well as and her strong advocacy and networking experience, to help ensure that the principles and practice of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are incorporated in UNICEF's advocacy, programming and humanitarian work. She will work with UNICEF's Regional Offices and Headquarters Divisions, to provide strategic leadership and will act as an advocate and facilitator of good practice and innovative action to support UNICEF's fulfillment of its mandate to promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities, and its commitment to be an inclusive organization. Rosangela may be reached at rbermanbieler@unicef.org.

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