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Monday, September 26, 2011
AFRICA: DISABLED GROUP CALLS FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
CISA REPORT: NAIROBI, September 23, 2011 (CISA) –The Executive Committee of the East Africa Federation of the Disabled (EAFOD) is calling for equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in employment sectors.
During a two-day workshop held in Nairobi on implementation and domestication of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), the federation also called on the governments to facilitate interpretation of all policies in a comprehensive language that the persons with disabilities can understand.
“The physically impaired have been left out in implementation policies since they cannot understand the language being used. East Africa governments should incorporate language interpretation to the disabled to enable them participate in national governance,” Jescka Ababiku Uganda representative and a member of parliament said.
According to Samuel Kabue, EAFOD chair, the federation will embark on EAC block ratification for the convention.
Helen Obade, the Director United Disabled Persons of Kenya, (UDPK) said there is a lack of specific representatives in all sectors to address disability issues.
“There should be specific representatives to address issues of different sectors in governance, that way we can have all issues prioritized and addressed to government,” Obade said.
According to EAFOD the total population of persons with disabilities in the region ranges between 10 to 12 percent. Member states of CPRD include Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya.