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Services of Pakistan’s blind diplomat at permanent mission to UN laudable PM Nawaz

Services of Pakistan’s Blind Diplomat at Permanent Mission to UN Laudable: PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday praised the services of Saima Saleem, the country’s first blind civil servant who is working at Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations at Geneva. The prime minister in an interaction with Saima Saleem, the Second Secretary on Human Rights, during his visit to Switzerland to participate in the World Economic Forum in …

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Parliamentary Representation for Disabled Women Urged

Islamabad - Politicians, activists and government representatives have called for effective parliamentary representation of women with disabilities with allocation of reserved seats for them. They said this while addressing the first ‘South Asia Conference on the Role of Women with Disabilities in Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ here yesterday. Chairman Senate Raza Rabani in his address to women with …

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Vedika Bhandarkar appointed Managing Director for Water.org in India

Vedika Bhandarkar Appointed Managing Director for Water.org in India

Business Wire India Water.org announces the hire of Managing Director, India, Vedika Bhandarkar. Bhandarkar will serve as Water.org’s senior leader in India, overseeing the organization’s water and sanitation program expansion in the country. To date, Water.org has enabled access to water and sanitation to more than 2.4 million people in India. The organization achieves this through its WaterCredit model—an approach …

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Shackling No Answer for People With Disabilities

Dispatches: Shackling No Answer for People with Disabilities

Researcher, Disability Rights Division “I used to be tied up at home with a plastic rope,” Rafi, a 29-year-old man with a mental health condition living on the outskirts of Jakarta, told me. “I had to go to the toilet on the spot, in the drain in the room. My heart broke when they chained me.” Women and girls with …

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Divyang vs viklang Disabled disenfranchised but divine

Divyang vs Viklang: Disabled, Disenfranchised but Divine

The focus on the spectacle of disability, often called ‘inspiration porn’ by disability activists, also creates another danger. While the latest census data suggests 2.2 per cent of the population is suffering from disability in India, the UNCRPD claims the percentage might be is higher. Close on the heels of the launch of the Accessible India Campaign in part fulfilment …

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Disabled passenger says Air India made her 'crawl'

Disabled Passenger Says Air India Made Her 'Crawl'

New Delhi: A disabled passenger said Sunday she was forced to crawl on New Delhi airport's tarmac after Air India failed to provide a wheelchair when her plane landed, an allegation the carrier denies. Anita Ghai, 53, a leading disability rights activist, said she was left stranded after arriving in Delhi from the northern Indian city of Dehradun on Saturday …

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Members of the Communist Party-affiliated trade union PAME shout slogans during a demonstration against the fresh austerity measures, in Athens on July 22, 2015. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced a new test of his authority in parliament on July 22, where MPs were to vote on a second batch of reforms to help unlock a bailout for Greece's stricken economy. The embattled premier last week faced a revolt by a fifth of the lawmakers in his radical-left Syriza party over changes to taxes, pensions and labour rules demanded by EU-IMF creditors. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS

Activists Protest 'Denial of Rights' to Disabled Travelers

Kolkata, Feb 3 : Disability rights activists launched a sit-in demonstration here on Wednesday to protest against the "denial of basic human rights" to disabled citizens by airline staff following a recent incident where an air carrier's ground crew allegedly restricted an autistic individual's movement from Kolkata airport. As many as 70 activists, under the Disability Activists Forum, West Bengal, …

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Bangla Group Bats for Differently-Abled Workers

Differently-abled people in Bangladesh may now have a better chance to join the country's work force after the 'Bangladesh Business and Disability Network' said it would give people with different abilities a better chance to join the workforce while contributing to economic growth. At an event held in Dhaka on Tuesday, the Bangladesh Employer's Federation (BEF) and International Labour Organization …

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Financing a Major Challenge to SDGs ICCB says Realistic Approach Should be Taken in Devising Goals

Financing will be a major challenge for Bangladesh to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh said. Of the 17 SDGs, eight are better integrated into the existing national prioritisation processes and the rest, which include health, inclusive growth, employment and governance, are weakly integrated, the ICCB said in the editorial of its latest news …

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Tibet Overcoming Prejudice And Empowering Youth With Disabilities

Tibet: Overcoming Prejudice and Empowering Youth with Disabilities

Twenty-year-old Tibetan Drolma Lazom was born with Kashin Beck Disease, a chronic, disabling bone disease common in Tibet Autonomous Region and other parts of southwestern China. In the blog below, Lazom describes the struggles of growing up with a disability in Tibet, and how, after joining a support group sponsored by Handicap international, she overcame her low self-esteem to become …

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Wheelchair accessible tuk-tuk debuts

Wheelchair Accessible Tuk-Tuk Debuts

A new tuk-tuk prototype features a ramp for wheelchair accessibility. Ian Jones The maker of a new tuk-tuk prototype retrofitted with a wheelchair ramp hopes to usher in a new era of wheelchair-friendly travel in Phnom Penh. Ian Jones, a consultant for the Agile Development Group, is the mastermind behind the new handicap-friendly tuk-tuk, which features a simple metal ramp …

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Parents often reject surrogate babies with defects, Australian review says

Parents Often Reject Surrogate Babies with Defects, Australian Review Says

The high-profile case of baby Gammy in which he was left behind in Thailand but his healthy twin was taken, prompted a review of Australia’s laws that prohibit commercial surrogacy   Gammy was left with his surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor with two young children of her own, when he was born in December 2013. CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—A …

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Disability indicators proposed for the SDGs

Disability Indicators Proposed for the SDGs

The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is the focal point on developing a global indicator framework for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the corresponding targets. The IAEG-SDGs Member States and observers increasingly recognized the need to integrate disability in the SDGs indicator framework, which is reflected in the recently released IAEG-SDG Report to …

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Woman with Intellectual Disability Fights for Her Autonomy at European Court

MDAC and lawyer Dmitri Bartenev have submitted legal arguments to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on behalf of Russian citizen Irina Delova, after she was placed under guardianship and denied the right to make decisions in her life. The case highlights a form of discrimination faced by hundreds of thousands of people with disabilites in the country, in spite of recent law …

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Mauritius: Health Minister Highlights Necessity to Treat Persons With a Mental Disorder With Respect, Dignity and Compassion

The responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life as the custodian of the public health to ensure that persons with a mental disorder are treated with respect, dignity and compassion was highlighted this morning by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Anil Gayan, at the opening of a Mental Health Conference at the Nurses …

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Sierra Leone News CARD-SL Launches Livelihood Support for young People

Sierra Leone News: CARD-SL Launches Livelihood Support for Young People

A local non-governmental organization, Community Action for Rural Development – Sierra Leone (CARD-SL) with support from Big Lottery through Action on Poverty (APT) in the UK has formally launched its livelihoods project for young people in Sierra Leone. The official launching ceremony started with a match pass from the Youth centre along Mahei Vangahun Road through the principal streets in …

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Adopting JiaJia: Abandoned Chinese Boy Heads 'Home' to U.S.

Beijing, China (CNN)Brian and Jeri Wilson don't sleep much on the 17-hour flight from Kansas City to Beijing. JiaJia, the Chinese orphan waiting for them, can't sleep either. As the Wilsons travel from their home in the American Midwest to northern China, JiaJia (pronounced "Jah Jah") lays wide awake in the small room he shares with eight other orphans. He …

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Disability community protests accessibility legislation

Disability Community Protests Accessibility Legislation

Jennifer Longdon, who was paralyzed in a shooting several years ago, opposes Senate Bill 1284.(Photo: Alia Beard Rau/The Republic) Disability advocates are protesting Arizona legislation they describe as shocking, insulting and discriminatory. Senate Bill 1284 would allow an individual to file a discrimination lawsuit alleging a business is not in compliance with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act only after first having …

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Tiny but Mighty

  Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden, the neuro-pediatrician who first recognized the microcephaly crisis in Brazil,measures the head of a 2-month-old baby with microcephaly in Recife No, I am not talking of politicians though some may say that this aptly describessome of them of the modern era, with tiny brains and mighty egos; I am referring to the tiny infective …

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Zika Virus Threat Puts Abortion Rights and Disability Rights on Collision Course

As the epidemic spreads, women's rights to abortion are a hot topic -- but what about the rights of the disabled?   As more cases of Zika virus pop up in the U.S., abortion rights advocates are raising concerns about whether harsh abortion restrictions will affect pregnant women’s ability to terminate pregnancies if they’re infected with the virus. Zika has …

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