Marta Elisa Codas

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
This description of Marta Elisa Codas's work 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
The Problem
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The Person

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