Report on Seminar on Challenges and Hopes of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Posted on 15 September 2008. Filed under: Capacity Building and Leadership, Deaf, Events and Conferences, Inclusion, News, technology | Tags: , , , , , , |

In late August, a seminar was held in Pakistan entitled “Challenges and Hopes: Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in the 21st century,” sponsored by Danishkadah, an organization for the empowerment of leaders with disabilities.

Lectures were delivered on topics such as cochlear implants; sign language; removing barriers from the environment; assistive technology in education; information technology in developing countries; and others.

The Danishkadah web site has a report summarizing the highlights of what speakers said at:

http://www.danishkadah.org.pk/activities/events/080830-CH/program.html



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Evening SEMINAR, Disability in Developing Countries, Melbourne, September 25, 2008

Posted on 21 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Disability in Developing Countries Special Interest Group Seminar
 
Topics:
  
Disabled Peoples’ Organisations in Development
Speaker:  Abdus Sattar Dulal, Founder and Executive Director of
Bangladesh Protibandhi Kalyan Samity, and Secretary of the Disabled Peoples’ International World Council
 
Using examples from Bangladesh, Sattar will present the significance and implications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for Disabled Peoples’ Organisations. The presentation will focus on the roles of DPOs in development, including challenges and ways in which mainstream sectors can support the development and participation of DPOs. The “Persons
with Disabilities Self-Initiative to Development” approach will be used as the key case study for discussion.
 
Inclusion, Rights and Rehabilitation – Handicap International’s work in South Asia
Speaker:  Sally Baker, Consultant, formerly South Asia Regional Coordinator for Handicap International
 
Date and time: Thursday, 25 September 2008, 5.30 – 7.30pm
 
Venue:  Lecture Theatre C, Old Arts Building, The University of
Melbourne, Parkville
 
This seminar is free, but RSVP to the following, before 19 September, is necessary:
 
Joni Law
Nossal Institute for Global Health
The University of Melbourne
Email:  jycl@unimelb.edu.au
(Please indicate if you are a wheelchair user.)
 
Sponsored by Christian Blind Mission and Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne



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NEWS: Women with Disabilities in Pakistan Hold Empowerment Seminar

Posted on 20 August 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, News, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating the following report.

Seminar on empowerment of women with disabilities, Karachi – Pakistan
Held on 2nd August 2008.

A joint seminar organized by Social Welfare Department Government of Sindh and Association of Physically Handicapped Adults (APHA) member organization of Sindh Disability Forum (SDF) and Pakistan Disabled Peoples’ Organization (PDPO) DPI Pakistan.

Centuries ago, as you all know, in most societies of the world women occupied a secondary position to their male counterparts. It was a common feature that women got very little opportunity to voice their opinion even in matters, which concerned their own lives. They were considered to have no opinions of their own but merely adhere to the decisions made first by their fathers, then their husbands and at a later stage of their lives by their sons. But society has progressed from the discriminating attitude towards women. This is not to say that even today women stand equal with men. Discrimination against women persists even till date, the only change being that in some situations take place at a more subtle level.

Women’s movements have been instrumental in bringing about this change. These movements attempt to empower and equip women to fight for equality and stand equal with men.

But this is not the case when we turn our attention to women with disabilities. The mainstream women’s movements have remained completely oblivious to the needs of this group. The disability movements too have not paid much attention to the particular needs of disabled women. Hence these women remain at the periphery of all rights movements. Being a neglected segment they lack in self-esteem and self-confidence. They are conceived as not having part to play in society they are role-less people. Thus arises the imperative need to develop the image they have of themselves. Empowerment of disabled women therefore becomes the need of the hour.

SPEAKERS
1. Ms. Shagufta Shehzadi Chairperson Special Education Department, University of Karachi

2. Ms. Nasreen Aslam Shah Chairperson Women Study Centre University of Karachi

3. Ms. Musarrat Jabeen Women Development Department,Govt. of Sindh

4. Keynote Presentation By M. Zeeshan Taqi Finance Secretary A.P.H.A

5. Mr. S.M Nishat General Secretary A.P.H.A

6. Ms. Shama Dosa Active Social Worker

7. Mr. Shariful Muzaffar President A.P.H.A

8. Mrs. Riaz Fatima.Social Welfare Training Institute

9. Ms. Farzana WWD member of APHA

10. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani DPI Pakistan/Asia Pacific

Speakers highlighted issues related to women with disabilities specially WWDs based in rural areas. They discussed about:

1. Position in the family,

2. Access to education and health care facilities,

3. Opportunities to find employment,

4. Knowledge regarding existing legislation and facilities for disabled people and Women with disabilities.

5. Fulfilling the role generally ascribed to women including mainstreaming of WWDs.

6. Reproductive health of Women with Disabilities.

7. Violence against Women with Disabilities.

Delegates of the seminar recommended that:

  • Self-help groups of disabled women need to be organized. These women are to be made aware of the rights through training in self-advocacy.
  • Media campaign for spreading awareness regarding the rights of the disabled in general and disable women in particular.
  • Creation of Awareness on the Rights of Women with Disabilities according to Article 6 of UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD).
  • Government to frame policies specifically catering to the interest of women with disabilities.
  • Training for women with disabilities needs to be geared towards developing a positive self-concept and self-image. They are to be empowered to recognize that they too are contributing and responsible members of society.
  • To fill the gape between WWDs of Urban and Rural area.
  • Job quota for WWDs be raised by Government from 2% to 15% because for women without disabilities have 10% quota in Government’s Jobs



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CONFERENCE: International Seminar on CRPD with Special Focus on Disability in Development

Posted on 19 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CRPD Added Value? -Seminar in Helsinki 20-21 May 2008

VIKE – The Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities is organizing an International Seminar on the Implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – with Special Focus on Disability in Development. The Seminar will be held in English and translation into Finnish will be available.

The seminar is open to all actors in the field. Especially persons with disabilities, organizations of persons with disabilities, government representatives, researchers, students, and other persons interested in the situation and rights of persons with disabilities, are warmly welcomed to participate.

The seminar registration will be handled through by receiving bookings via e-mail to seminar@vike.fi. Please submit your e-mail booking by 9th May 2008. In paying the registration fee – 40 € – each place for attending the seminar will be validated. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable and that there is a limited amount of places. General assistance is available at the seminar location. Please inform the conference organizers if you have your own personal assistant as you book.

More information about this event is available at the VIKE website:
www.vike.fi

Juha-Pekka Konttinen
Lawyer, The Threshold Association,
The Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Siltasaarenkatu 4, 5.floor
00530 Helsinki, Finland
tel. + 358 45 7731 0106
fax. + 358 9 6850 1199
email. juha-pekka.konttinen@kynnys.fi
internet. www.vike.fi



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