Brown Dog Consulting LLC is a social impact consulting firm that supports advocates and organizations seeking to prevent discrimination and advance the rights of marginalized groups.
BDC offers research, writing, program evaluation and technical advising services, with a specialty in gender equality and social inclusion, including disability inclusive development.
We believe in addressing the root causes of inequality and discrimination. We leverage our research expertise, academic affiliations and global network to amplify the work of advocates and organizations and make the experiences of marginalized communities visible to policymakers and thought leaders.
Our staff, partners and stakeholders are diverse; representative of the populations we work with; and essential partners in the development of research designs and execution.
15 percent of the global population lives with some form of disability, according to the World Health Organization. Global research shows that due to social and environmental barriers, persons with disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing violence and are more likely to have limited access to justice.
Women, girls and other gender and sexual minorities, including those with disabilities, often face barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services due to stigma and discrimination. These same groups are also more vulnerable to gender-based violence due to intersecting forms of discrimination that involve gender and sexuality.
Inclusive development is defined as a “rights-based process that promotes equality and the participation of the largest possible section of society, especially groups that face discrimination and exclusion. Inclusive development ensures that persons with disabilities are recognized as rights-holding equal members of society, who are engaged and contributing to a development process for all.” (UNDG, 2011).
An estimated 1 in 20 children globally are living with disabilities, and evidence suggests that they are far more vulnerable to violence than their non-disabled peers. UNESCO commissioned a study to review what is known about violence and bullying at school against students with disabilities. A technical brief drawing on the findings of the study is available from UNESCO at https://en.unesco.org/themes/school-violence-and-bullying. To download the full report, click here: