Mainstreaming Women with Disabilities in the Beijing + 20 Review, November 2014

The year 2015 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 and has since served as the global agenda for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The luncheon side event of the women with disabilities held during the regional review of the Beijing Platform for Action is the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, convened by UN ESCAP in collaboration with South Asia Disability Forum (SADF), British Council, Asia Pacific Center on Disability (APCD), CHEF International, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities United (APWWDU) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on 17 November 2014.

The event was well attended by almost 400 leaders, ministers and senior officials from the Region, as well as representatives from civil society, to discuss the concern the rights and visibility of women with disabilities in Beijing +20.

SADF Side Event Pictures from Beijing + 20 Review Event

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Regional Training on Empowerment of Women with Disabilities in South Asia, Thailand, November 2014

The Regional Training on Empowerment of Women with Disabilities in South Asia was organized by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), British Council Pakistan, CHEF International and Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP).

Ten International Women Leaders with Disabilities from South Asian countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal participated in the Training at the APCD Training Building in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 November to 16 November 2014.

The training aimed to bring together the women with disabilities from the South Asia to provide expertise on leadership, modules on gender, empowerment, and personal development. The pilot testing focuses on implementing these modules with selected women with disability and support them to experience the leadership skills through campaigning and awareness raising activities within the disability focused organizations.

The three days training includes setting up an initial training manual reflect the leadership skills to address Article 6: Women with disabilities, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Goal 6: Ensure gender equality & women’s empowerment, Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real”, 2013-2022.

Pictures.

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South Asian Disability Forum Strategic Planning Workshop, November 2013, Pakistan

The “South Asian Disability Strategic Planning Workshop” was organized by the Government of Pakistan through the Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Islamabad, the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF), the Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Network Pakistan and the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), the Light for the World, the CHEF International, Sightsavers and the British Council on 18-19 November 2013 at Margala Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The workshop was arranged in order to attain unanimity on strategic plans to empower women with diverse disabilities through capacity building initiatives in the South Asia region. In this regard, the draft of “South Asian Disability and Development Initiative (SADDI) 2014-2016” was introduced. In line with the conjunctions of Article 6 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Women with disabilities and Goal 6 of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real”, 2013-2022: Ensure gender equality & women’s empowerment, a comprehensive “South Asian Disability and Development Initiative (SADDI) 2014-2016” was unanimously adopted to address the rights of women with disabilities facing multiple fold discrimination.

Around 50 participants, including representatives of women and men with disabilities from South Asia, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, international development agencies & the business sector, participated in the South Asian Disability Forum Strategic Planning Workshop.

SADF Workshop Pictures
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South Asian Disability Forum Workshop, Bangladesh 19-20 September 2011

The South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) Workshop was held from 19 to 20 September 2011 at BPKS complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh, with 24 leaders with disabilities from 8 different countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). The Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) contributed to the Workshop for local arrangements.

At the first session, one of the Masterminds of SADF Mr. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani made a presentation on International Collaboration in Asia and the Pacific and Sub-regional Mechanism in South Asia. After lunch break, there was a group discussion and presentation on the necessity of SADF. In the last session of the day, there was a discussion on the SADF Constitution.

With the following highlights of the day, the second day of the SADF workshop was chaired by Ms. Shirin Akhter from Bangladesh and moderated by Mr. Prasanna Rajiv Kuruppu from Sri Lanka:

  • Adoption of the SADF Constitution by the representatives from 8 South Asian Countries
  • Election of 9 SADF Executive Committee Members
  • Development of the SADF Action Plan

Together with leaders with disabilities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, Ms. Shirin Akhter, the new SADF Chairperson and a leader of women with disabilities, is expected to lead the future direction of SADF.

SADF Workshop Pictures

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SADF Regional Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities, Bangladesh, September 2011

The SADF Regional Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities in South Asia was held on 21 – 22 September 2011 in British Council, Dhaka by South Asian Disability Forum (SADF), Ministry of Social Welfare of Bangladesh, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the British Council Bangladesh.

Pictures from SADF Conference Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Launching the “Make the Right Real” Campaign, Pakistan, 29-30 January 2011

The Government of Pakistan, UNESCAP, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and other stakeholders organised a national meeting on 29-30 January 2011 to review the implementation of the Second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012) in Islamabad. At that meeting, the campaign, Make the Right Real has been launched in Pakistan with the purpose to mainstream disability into development, and reinforce the ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The representatives of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), domestic and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Government of Pakistan and United Nations agencies, in total 160 persons, participated in the Stakeholders’ Meeting on Reviewing the Implementation of Second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012), from 29th to 30th January 2011 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Pictures from Event

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Wheelchair Support to Flood Victims in Pakistan, August 2010

On 27 August 2010, the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) received a letter “Request for Wheelchairs for Flood Victims in Pakistan” from the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) / Pakistan Disabled People’s Organization (DPI Pakistan).

In response, APCD facilitated humanitarian support in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Embassy of Pakistan in Thailand, DENSO, Thai Airways International, and NGOs such as the Wheelchairs And Friendship Center of Asia Thailand (WAFCAT) and Aid to Asian Disabled Peoples’ (AADP) of Thailand. As a result of this multisectoral collaboration, 30 wheelchairs were successfully delivered from Thailand to Pakistan.

Pictures of distribution cermony

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Regional Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities, Pakistan, August 2010

Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) being a cross disability organization, has coined the idea of leadership of persons with disabilities in Pakistan. People around the globe have recognized the endeavors of STEP in preceding one decade and witnessed radical achievements at policy level initiating from the grassroots level in Pakistan through leadership training’s and annual leadership conference. We owe this success to our partners and supporters. This year Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities is going to be organized on July 31-Aug 2, 2010.

Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities is a 3-day residential activity, where leaders of disability movement and key stakeholders in the field of disability and development will explore dimensions of inclusive society and formulate recommendations for effective implementations of policies related to disability. This conference aims to provide basis for research, analysis of progress in disability and development through recognizing and acknowledging the endeavors of key stakeholders.

A declaration calling for the ratification of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was endorsed at the Leadership Conference for Persons with Disabilities, held at the National Institute for Special Education (NISE) from 12-14 Aug 2009. The conference was organized by Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) in partnership with Sighsavers International Pakistan, Telenor Pakistan’s flagship corporate initiative “Khuddar Pakistan” and American Institute for Research. The conference witnessed an attendance of 50 Disabled Persons Organizations, key leaders from the disability rights movement, state officials, disability advisors, volunteers as well as representatives of development and corporate sector.

Besides resource persons from all over the country, International panelists included Director of Japanese Society of Rehabilitation of Disabled persons, Masako Okuhira, Senior Election Management Specialist IFES, Susan Palmer, Disability advisor Handicapped International, Virginia Robson and motivational speaker, Dr. Todd Shea.
‘Inclusive World’ is the theme of Regional Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities 2010, in which resource persons from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Taiwan are also going to participate. This year prime aim of the conference is to help the participants empower the world around them and increase their capacities. This will inculcate in them leadership qualities, and therefore they will be expected to lead in their respective countries and in the region.

Regional Leadership Conference of PWD 2010 Pictures

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