Include Persons with Disabilities in Decision Making

Include persons with disabilities in decision makingParticipants at a workshop titled, Representation of Persons with Disabilities in National Parliament and Government Bodies, organised by Bangladesh Visually Impaired People’s Society, at The Daily Star Centre in the capital yesterday to discuss the importance of giving people with disabilities access to all tiers of politics including reserved seats in parliament, a favourable environment at voting centres and quota inside political parties. Photo: Star

People with disabilities yesterday demanded access to all tiers of politics including reserved seats in parliament, a favourable environment at voting centres and quota inside political parties.

They were addressing a workshop, “Representation of Persons with Disabilities in National Parliament and Government Bodies”, organised by Bangladesh Visually Impaired People’s Society (BVIPS) and co-financed by European Union (EU) and Sightsavers in the capital’s The Daily Star Centre.

“They are being deprived in every sphere of life. Programmes for their education, health and employment have already started, but their voting rights and direct participation in politics are still out of discussions,” said Nazma Ara Popi, general secretary of BVIPS.

“The development of people with disabilities is being hampered as we have no representation in politics and decision making,” said Popi.

Especially women with disabilities in Bangladesh are deprived of their rights, she said.

“If capable, a person with disability can be a member of the parliament…A big part of our population is suffering from different disabilities. To uphold their demands and views, they should join politics first,” said Fazle Rabbi, deputy speaker of Jatiya Sangsad.

Lawmaker Abul Kalam, poet Kazi Rozy and BVIPS President Md Saidul Huq were also present.

By: Staff Correspondent

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