NEWS: Bangladesh Women with Disabilities Hold National Dialogue

Posted on 16 December 2008. Filed under: News, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Press Release on “National Dialogue on the Rights of Women with Disabilities”
A “National Dialogue on the Rights of Women with Disabilities” was held at the Dhaka Press Club VIP Lounge in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 November 2008 between 10.00 am to 01.00 pm. The conference was well attended, with over 120 participants, from a wide range of backgrounds— individuals living with disabilities and their families, political leaders, foreign mission/high commission representatives, National/International NGO representatives, providers of disability and social support services. A Number of important government officials and media personnel were also present. The conference opened with a welcoming address from Mr. Abdus Sattar Dulal, the founder and Executive Director of BPKS, the sponsoring agency for the event. Ashrafun Nahar, Coordinator of the Women with Disabilities Network at BPKS presented the key note paper for the program. Also addressing the participants were Mr. Bill Winkley, Executive Director, One Family International and Charles Whitley, First Secretary of the European Commission to Bangladesh, Kamar Munir, Joint Secretary and Alimusshan, Additional Secretary, NGO affairs Buroue. The program was organized by BPKS, with support from the European Union. Mr Rezul Karim, Secretary for Forest and Environment Ministry of Bangladesh spoke as chief guest that we should do our duty properly concerning WWDs right and they should included in mainstream development process strongly. They are the part of our society and nation also.

Information was also provided about the situation for Women with Disabilities, their needs and their rights. The objective of the dialogue was to provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the complex issues facing WWDs at the individual, social and national levels.

The Dialogue resulted in the generation of a number of key recommendations in relation to Women with disabilities and;
• Women’s Development policy
• Women Rights
• Accessible environment
• Education
• Employment and Economic independence
• Political empowerment
• Economical participation
• Justice in relation to violence against women

Established in 1985, BPKS works all over the country. Nationally and internationally, BPKS provides information, guidance and support in forming representative disabled people’s organizations and promoting the self confidence and capacity building of individuals and groups at the grassroots level. It is replicating its own approach, called PSID (Persons with Disability Self Initiative to Development) to build the self-reliance and strength of persons with disabilities. BPKS networks with a variety of other agencies to motivate persons with disabilities so that maximum development impact can be achieved. With the support of its donors, BPKS works improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities throughout the country. To find out more about the work of BPKS and how you can get involved, please visit www.bpksbd.org or call 880-2-2892 3915.

Recommendations on the Rights of Girls and Women with Disabilities

For girls and women with disabilities in Bangladesh to live life with dignity, the following recommendations for action are made;
1. Barriers should be removed so that women with disabilities can access the justice system when crimes or incidents of discrimination are committed against them.
2. Perpetrators of crimes against women should be appropriately trialed and punished and where a crime results in disability, the victim should have access to rehabilitation services and due compensation.
3. Women with disabilities should have access to vocational training programs that take into account their skills and abilities as well as their support needs.
4. Girls and women with disabilities should have access to affordable education. They should also be provided with assistive devices to assist in their social integration and their learning. More scholarships should also be available to support girls with disabilities from poor family backgrounds.
5. Girls and women with disabilities should be actively encouraged to participate in cultural, artistic and sporting activities.
6. Vocational skills training should be provided to women with disabilities so that they may participate more competitively in the labor market.
7. Women with disabilities should have access to appropriate employment that matches their skill and education level. Further job opportunities should be created and current employment quotas should be preserved and adhered to.
8. Based on assessment of need, girls and women with disabilities should be provided with assistive devices to assist them in activities of daily living.
9. Women holding positions of leadership in political parties or other organizations should be supported to maintain their roles in the event that they should become disabled.
10. Quota systems prioritizing employment of women with disabilities should be more widely applied to the labor market.
11. All girls and women with disabilities should have access to affordable and appropriate health care services.
12. All new built environments, including cyclone shelters should be accessible to women with disabilities and those that are not should be modified to accommodate them.
13. Women’s participation in agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestation sectors should be actively encouraged and likewise, those sectors should also be encouraged to involve women.
14. Publicity in the media that portrays women in an undignified or disempowering manner should be stopped. The media should be encouraged to portray women in ways that demonstrate their contribution to society, their abilities, their power and their agency.
15. Women with disabilities should have equal access to skills training in the mass communication sector so that they can participate more widely in television, radio and print media.
16. Women with disabilities should be actively encouraged and supported to participate in the Women’s Development Implementation and Evaluation Committee.
17. Women with disabilities should be actively encouraged and supported to participate in district and Upazila level committees.
18. Women with disabilities should be actively encouraged and supported to participate in grassroots organizations.
19. The needs and rights of women with disabilities should be incorporated into the work plans and schedules of Government Ministries, National planning bodies, as well as International and National NGOs.

TODAYS RECOMMENDATION

20. All women throughout the country should have access to quality pre and post natal maternal care and additional support should be available for families where there is a child with a disability. Maternity leave should also be more widely available and extended to six months.
21. WWDs should have greater access to public transport. This should be guaranteed in law, but also addressed through a public awareness raising campaign for the general public.
22. Awareness raising campaigns are also needed to help address the widespread discrimination faced by WWDs. This should also focus on changing attitudes amongst men.
23. Awareness raising campaigns are also needed to encourage families to support their girls with disabilities to attend school.
24. A national survey is needed on the situation of people with disabilities throughout the country. This is essential to assist in district and National level planning processes.
25. A new act is needed for WWD’s and PWDs.
26. Fruitful counseling needed for PWDs and WWDs.
27. Role of media in raising awareness and educating the community should be strengthened.
28. Independent hospital for acid burned women is needed.
29. Day long consultation meeting for Govt. And NGO institute about PWDS rights and needs.



The press release and set of recommendations was recently circulated by Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS).

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NEWS: BPKS Bangladesh Congratulates Obama, Thanks for Including Disabled

Posted on 10 November 2008. Filed under: News, South Asian Region, Violence | Tags: , , , , |

Congratulation letter to US President-elect Obama from Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) Bangladesh Dear all in Disability movement, We disabled peoples from Bangladesh send the congratulation letter to Obama as the Elect president of the USA and mentioned thanks for his acknowledgment of the need for unity between all citizens, including the “disabled and not disabled”. Please see the letter that attached herewith. Sattar from Bangladesh

November 4, 2008
Mr. Barack Obama
President Elect
C/o The Embassy of the United States – Dhaka
Madani Avenue
Baridhara, Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Dear Mr. Obama,

As the Executive Director of Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKSP and President of the National Alliance of Disabled People’s Organisations (NADPO) and on behalf of the membership of Disabled People’s Organizations of Bangladesh, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations for your historic success today. You demonstrated enormous determination and integrity throughout the election campaign and I truly wish you every success.

I would also like to thank you for your acknowledgment of the need for unity among all citizens, including the “disabled and not disabled”. This is an important step in the right direction. However, at this crucial juncture, I would also like to take this opportunity to request that you give your very serious consideration to the catastrophic impact of war and conflict on all people, particularly those that are vulnerable, including people with disabilities. I also enjoin you to consider the tragic way in which war creates more people with disabilities, people who will struggle with poverty and face enormous challenges, long after the bombs stop falling.

Finally, I urge you to use your new position as a world leader, for the good of people with disabilities, not just in your great country, the United States of America, but also in those oft “forgotten corners” of the world you referred to in your speech, like Bangladesh, and others, where wars continue to be waged.

With our warmest regards and best wishes from Bangladesh,

Md Abdus Sattar Dulal
Executive Director, BPKS


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    One for All: Persons with Disabilities Initiative in Development

    Posted on 6 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

    I originally saw this announcement on the Intl-Dev mailing list. If you are interested in this opportunity, then please follow the instructions in the announcement below for contacting the event organizers directly. I am not involved with, or responsible for, this event. And neither is Intl-Dev.

    Greetings from BPKS.
    We are organising International Seminar:
    One For All: Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development

    To Share and Build Understanding of a successful Approach which promotes the vital involvement of Persons with Disabilities in a Nation’s Development.

    Date: 10-14 February 2008
    Venue: Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort, Bangladesh
    Organiser: Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
    email: cotoed@bpksbd.org
    web: http://www.bpksbd.org/

    About the Seminar
    In February 2008, Dhaka will host a seminar entitled “One for All-Persons with Disabilities Initiatives in Development’- a dynamic and interactive conference that will present and illuminate an innovative and successful program which promotes the vital involvement of persons with disabilities in a nation’s development. This approach – known as Persons with Disabilities’ self-initiative to Development (PSID)- has been implemented in Bangladesh by Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) and has been many, many success in improving the lives of persons with disabilities and in developing a functional disabled people’s movement within the country. The 5 day International Seminar will introduce and increase understanding of the PSID approach, and create a venue for discussion and exploration of the possibilities that the approach offers the disability movement beyond the borders of Bangladesh.

    About PSID
    A holistic cross-disability approach, PSID creates opportunities for PWDs to design and use their own initiative in order to change not only their lives, but also to contribute to the overall development of the community. In order to ensure and maximize PWDs Development and participation, the PSID approach concentrates on: addressing PWDs primary needs, the formation of disabled peoples organisations and the necessary capacity building, education and intellectual Development of PWDs, skills and economic development, protection and promotion of human rights, creation of an accessible environemnt, disability prevention and health services promotion. The Approach facilitates the development of disabled peoples organisations from the grassroots to the national level. Organizations developed through PSID are owned and managed by disabled people and serve as the local focal point for PWDs and the disability movement, while extending their benefits to the general community and ultimately the nation.

    Objectives of the seminar
    To intorduce the Person’s with disabilities’ self-initiatives to Development (PSID) approach at the internaitonal level to strengthen donor agencies’ understanding of the importance of supporting Disabled People’s organisations (DPOs) in the development process to disseminate information regarding an effective method for formation and strengthening of self-help organisations of disabled peoples to Create an opportunity to view the PSID approach in action

    To strengthen understanding of the relevance of the PSID approach in other countries
    to establish an international network of people supportive of the PSID approach to establish the PSID approach as one which is able to effectively implement international disability and development standards and agreements
    Contents
    date Contents
    10 Feb Situation analysis- disability and development
    International agreements relevant to disability
    Disability and Development-the organisational environment
    BPKS and the Development of PSID
    11 Feb
    What is PSID, PSID- the process, PSID-the outcomes

    12 Feb PSID in practice, field visits by participants to PSID implementation areas

    13 Feb PSID Messages from the field, PSID beyond Bangladesh

    14 Feb Country and regional issues relevant to PSID
    Concluding session

    For details, please contact:
    Ms. Natalie Silcock
    Leader, Seminar Team
    BPKS Complex, Dakkhinkhan
    Uttara, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh
    Fax: 880 2 8960078
    Phone: 880 2 8923915, 8960077
    email: seminar@bpksbd.org


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