Estanara Magazine

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Editorial

Editorial

Children with disabilities should be given every opportunity to be part of the mainstream. To do this, it is necessary that our education system does not marginalise them, even with good intentions Inclusive education refers to education for all. The concept includes everyone who is on the margins, and aims to bring them into the mainstream. We no longer talk …

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Estanara Group Raising Voice for Children with Disabilities on Universal Children’s Day

Estanara Group Raising Voice for Children with Disabilities on Universal Children’s Day

Estanara Group held a press conference at Karachi Press club on 19th of November 2016. Respected patronage, Civil Society Volunteers and team of Estanara group was present at the conference to raise voice for the Rights of children with disabilities a day prior to Universal Children’s Day. Saad Aman Ullah Khan delivered the opening pitch, which was headed by M. …

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Ahsan Khan's New Project May Challenge Your Notions of Disability

Ahsan Khan's New Project May Challenge Your Notions of Disability

With 'Chashm-e-Num', Ahsan Khan hopes to jump-start short filmmaking in Pakistan Ahsan Khan has a solution for the dearth of Pakistan films in cinemas. He says short films may be the way to go at a time when film exhibitors need a greater number of films. With his latest production Chashm-e-Num, a short film that is "an intriguing romance drama dedicated …

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Negligence And Antipathy

Negligence And Antipathy

The aggression shown towards disabled protesters by the police in Quetta on Monday, while condemnable, is not surprising. The police brutality is indicative of a general mindset that sees disabled persons as non-functioning members of society. This perception has only come about because the state has done little to facilitate the lives of disabled persons. The demands made by the …

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6 Ways India Can Help Almost 70 Million of Its Disabled Citizens Travel More Comfortably

6 Ways India Can Help Almost 70 Million of Its Disabled Citizens Travel More Comfortably

With an estimated disabled population of 70 million, India unfortunately lags far behind in terms of enabling travel for this sizeable chunk of its population. Here are six ways our country can improve access and facilities to help the disabled have peace of mind while travelling. The way people travel is evolving, and for the better. While the World Tourism Organization – …

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India's Only University for Disabled Students Soon to Get Central University Status

India's Only University for Disabled Students Soon to Get Central University Status

Around 1,500 students are currently studying at the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University that offers courses in Social Work, Music, Fine Arts and other courses. Enthusiastic teachers, innovative teaching methods and keen students at JRHU offer a great deal of life lessons for the more privileged There is nothing unusual in a teacher standing in front of a classroom lecturing eager …

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Why Bangladesh Needs to Talk About its Public Toilets

Why Bangladesh Needs to Talk About its Public Toilets

While the country has made remarkable progress towards ending open defecation, severe challenges in terms of access and appropriate facilities remain. A few months ago, I had the chance to visit Zurich and meet some of the people I worked with in Bangladesh in the development sector. Over dinner, I expressed my pleasure to see such improved public toilet system …

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The First Inclusive Job Centere: Establishing a Disability Inclusive RMG Labour Market

The First Inclusive Job Centere: Establishing a Disability Inclusive RMG Labour Market

On In August 2015of last year, an MoU was signed in Mirpur among the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarberit (GIZ). The MoU was to establish a first of its kind Inclusive Job Center.  Since 2014, 174 factories have come on board to help disabled …

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Speakers: Hazardous Work for Child Domestic Labourers Needs to be Specified

Speakers: Hazardous Work for Child Domestic Labourers Needs to be Specified

The formation of the Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy, although having given recognition to child domestic workers (CDW) as labour, is yet to include hazardous child labour in the list The last CDW survey of 2007 states that in Bangladesh, the number of domestic workers stands at 2 million, out of which, 420,000 are children and 83% of them …

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Saudi Arabia’s First Blind Female Lawyer

Saudi Arabia’s First Blind Female Lawyer

Makkah—Leila al-Qobbi, who at times was denied career opportunities for disability, has now become Saudi Arabia’s first blind female lawyer. The 24-year-old overcame challenges to become the first blind lawyer among Saudi Arabia’s 102 female lawyers. Being a practicing lawyer with special abilities, Qobbi believes she’s not any different from her peers with sight. The challenge of not being able …

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New Bill Ignores Reproductive Health Rights

New Bill Ignores Reproductive Health Rights

Rights of people with disabilities - Post Report, Kathmandu The bill briefly touches upon reproductive right but is silent on reproductive health rights of women living with disabilities Nov 22, 2016- A new bill to protect the rights of people living with disabilities has ignored the reproductive health rights of women living with disabilities. Rights of the People Living with …

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No. 40 Big year for Para Taekwondo Athletes

No. 40 Big year for Para Taekwondo Athletes

This year was huge for athletes such as Amy Truesdale and Mahdi Pourrahnama, and also saw the first refugee athlete compete. Since being announced to the Tokyo 2020 programme, Para taekwondo has not taken its foot off the pedal, showing continued growth. This year was especially significant. Five Continental Championships were held and world ranking points that go toward next year’s World …

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Volunteer Faiza Amin from High Wycombe Marches in Historic Lord Mayor's Show After 'Fantastic' Voluntary Work in Nepal

Volunteer Faiza Amin from High Wycombe Marches in Historic Lord Mayor's Show After 'Fantastic' Voluntary Work in Nepal

A volunteer from High Wycombe, who was chosen to attend the first ever education forum for girls in London earlier this year, had the chance to march in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in London on Saturday as a result of her “fantastic” voluntary work in Nepal with young girls. Faiza Amin, 23, worked alongside Nepalese volunteers for three months to run …

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What It's Like to be an Emerging Development Leader in Asia-Pacific

What It's Like to be an Emerging Development Leader in Asia-Pacific

Emerging development leaders in the Asia-Pacific paint it as a region of contrasts. Home to the enormous potential of more than 60 percent of the world’s youth population, the region also hosts two-thirds of the global poor. For young development professionals, this situation presents both a challenge and an opportunity for change. Quality education and youth unemployment are among the most pressing themes …

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'They are Underestimating Me': Aspiring Doctor Claims Disability Bias

'They are Underestimating Me': Aspiring Doctor Claims Disability Bias

Jerusha Mather has cerebral palsy and wants to study medicine. Photo: Justin McManus When she was a little girl, Jerusha Mather saw many, many doctors. And none of them looked like her. The medical specialists in her birthplace of Sri Lanka concluded having cerebral palsy meant she would never be independent, or live a normal life. But they were wrong. Her family migrated …

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COMMENTARY | A Disability Narrative We Can Learn From

COMMENTARY | A Disability Narrative We Can Learn From

This past June, animated movie lovers were able to predict at least a couple things about Disney’s long-awaited sequel, “Finding Dory”: its heart-warming and melodramatic story development; and, (to the discontent of many environmentalists) a second-time sharp increase in home aquarium owners. When the movie got to the critics, those at Vanity Fair and The Atlantic focused primarily on the emotionality and “capital-L Lessons” …

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DC Mass Celebrates Gifts of Those with Disabilities

DC Mass Celebrates Gifts of Those with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The kingship of Christ is lived out through service to those in need, said the homilist at the annual Washington, D.C. Mass for those with special needs and those who care for them. “We must remember - Jesus reigns. He is a king who serves. His royalty is in giving back,” said Monsignor John Enzler, president and CEO …

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ESA Disability Benefit Cut Victims Given No Hope in Autumn Statement Despite Tory Pleas

ESA Disability Benefit Cut Victims Given No Hope in Autumn Statement Despite Tory Pleas

Philip Hammond sat side by side with Theresa May Philip Hammond did not mention once the £30-a-week cuts to Employment and Support Allowance in his Autumn Statement The Chancellor offered no hope today to victims of a cruel disability benefit cut despite pleas from his own party. Philip Hammond did not mention once the £30-a-week cuts to Employment and Support …

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