Marta Elisa Codas
Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Fellow Since 1999
This profile was prepared when Marta Elisa Codas was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
Because of a recent move toward governmental decentralization in Paraguay, now is the right moment for the rights of people with disabilities to be recognized at all levels. Marta Codas is a great strategist with a long trajectory of initiatives in this field. Her new vision encompasses a combination of national legislation with locally-provided services. Pushed forward by a country-wide federation she established, the federal-level legislation guarantees human rights while the states and municipalities, in partnership with community-based organizations, provide health and education while raising awareness around disability issues.
The New Idea