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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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Empowering Disabled in Bangladesh Through Micro-Credit

Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Volunteer Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If I understand correctly, it seems that the participating fellow/volunteer may need to cover all associated travel and other expenses. In exchange, you would gain experience that you can put on your resume. Please use the contact information provided near the bottom of this announcement to obtain more detail about this opportunity.

Short Term Fellowships (3 months)
1 position available

BANGLADESH: Using micro-credit to empower the disabled community, raising awareness about disabilities, and advocating for disability rights in Bangladesh

Based in: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Host: Since 1991, Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) has been working for the development and protection of the disabled community in Bangladesh. Founded and run by individuals living with blindness themselves, BERDO’s programs include microcredit, rehabilitation, a Talking Library, scholarships, job placement, health services, and disability prevention. BERDO fulfills its mission through networking, research, advocacy, and service.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and define a clear social justice agenda,
  • Work with BERDO to develop their micro-credit programs, and disseminate information on these programs
  • Produce a newsletter regularly, website content, and press releases
  • Place articles with the local and international press
  • Explore existing and new ways to help disabled persons exploit ICT, including social networking
  • Develop eco-network of local ICT supporters
  • Continue developing BERDO’s website
  • Expand upon the BERDO partner page (AP site)
  • Expand BERDO’s network of micro-credit contacts, locally and internationally
  • Expand BERDO’s network of contacts with disability rights advocates
  • Limited fundraising (small social justice projects)

Qualifications:

  • Understanding of disability issues, rights, and advocacy possibilities, including the new International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
  • Knowledge and experience of microcredit (preferred)
  • Sensitivity, flexibility, open-mindedness, and a willingness to confront new challenges
  • Experience in advocacy or activism
  • Networking and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong writing skills

For more detail, consult the web site at:

http://www.advocacynet.org/page/3months

Any questions about this opportunity should be directed to aburrows@advocacynet.org



Thank you to Amy Wilson for passing along this announcement.

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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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Disabilities Initiatives in Development Seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb 2008

Posted on 25 July 2007. Filed under: Announcements | Tags: , , , |

See the announcement below, about the seminar “One for All Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development” held in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 10 – 14, 2008.

If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact:

Natalie Silcock, Leader, Seminar Team
Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
Phone: +8802-8923915, +8802-8960077
Fax: +8802-8960078
Email: seminar@bpksbd.org

—–Original Message—–
From: bpks [mailto:bpks@citechco.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:40 PM
Subject: FROM BPKS

Dear all,

Today I am here to inform you that, BPKS is going to organized seminar on PSID as mention in the attached documents. You may agree that we few peoples work in the world for betterment of the peoples for whom you and we are working and supporting. This PSID seminar give you exceptional opportunity to know the what is the best approach for the development of disabled peoples specially for the developing country. I exceptionally expecting you in this seminar as this is going to introduce very important and innovative approach for world.

What is your responds?

Why this seminar needed, firstly we want to share with all peoples involved in the field of disability that what is successful model. Secondly we are taken plan to replicate this approach in some other country who need this holistic development. Also many of our realization that donor looking a good approach that help them to deign program for disabled peoples which is sustainable. So with this understanding we agree to replicate PSID approach in another developing countries so then in those country disabled peoples gain their better possibility. Of course we need to take care of our challenge. BPKS responsibility to those country is to provide technical cooperation and donor responsibility is ensure financial support. We expect two professional who know our PSID program practically that is Bill from USA and Ton from Netherlands.

I am looking your confirmation.

Here I attached few of documents that published for PSID seminar.

Sattar from Bangladesh.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We at Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) are very excited to inform you about a seminar that we will host in Dhaka from Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th February 2008. The seminar “One for All Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development” will discuss an innovative and successful approach which many of you are already familiar with the Persons with disabilities’ Self-Initiatives to Development (PSID) approach. BPKS has been working with the disabled people of Bangladesh using this approach which promotes the vital involvement of persons with disabilities in the nation’s development for the past 11 years. We are holding this seminar to 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.
This is a must attend seminar for all people involved in the disability movement and for all others interested in contributing to this movement. It will be attended by professionals in the disability field, persons with disabilities (PWDs) involved in the disability movement, representatives of development organizations (particularly disabled peoples’ organizations) and individuals with an interest in the disability field who want to contribute to the development of people with disabilities.
Further information about the seminar is attached with this email. Please refer to this and the BPKS website http://www.bpksbd.org for further information regarding the seminar and BPKS and its PSID approach. Expressions of interest and further enquiries about the seminar are welcome – please direct these to:
Natalie Silcock
Leader, Seminar Team
Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
Phone: +8802-8923915, +8802-8960077
Fax: +8802-8960078
Email: seminar@bpksbd.org
We look forward to providing you with more information and details about the seminar in the upcoming months, and to welcoming many of you as participants in the seminar in February 2008. Please forward this information to any other parties with an interest in the disability and development field.
Abdus Sattar Dulal
Founder & Executive Director
Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This email has been sent to you to as a person/organization involved with people with disabilities, disabled peoples’ organizations and/or development. If this has been sent to you in error, or you do not wish to receive any further information regarding this topic, please email seminar@bpksbd.org with “NO FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE” in the subject heading.


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