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Involving people with disabilities into mainstream is must for achieving SDGs

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  • 3rd December, 2021 09:05:26 PM
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Involving people with disabilities into mainstream is must for achieving SDGs

Dhaka: Speakers at a dialogue called for ensuring the involvement of People with Disabilities into the mainstream for achieving SDGs.  

In spite of growing awareness and efforts on disability inclusion, there are remarkable challenges such as limited efforts towards inclusion of people with disabilities in skill development programme, limited employment opportunities, and accessible work atmosphere, they said.

Leave no one behind is the central, transformative promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It would be tough to achieve the SDGs without meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all walks of life, they added.

They remarked while addressing the dialogue titled ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian context’ at a hotel in Cox’s Bazar district on Thursday.

Handicap International-Humanity & Inclusion and Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of BRAC jointly organized the event, marking the  International Day of Persons with disabilities (IDPD) today. 

The event was held with support of PRIYA (Promoting Rights & Inclusion of Youth & All) – an Organisation of Persons with disabilities based in Cox’s Bazar and technically supported by Age & Disability Working Group (ADWG).

Shamsud Douza, Deputy Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC); Nasim Ahmed, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Cox’s Bazar;  Mackenzie Rowe, BPRM Refugee Coordinator; Roberts Sila Muthini, Head of HCMP of BRAC; Rajesh Chandra, Programme Director of HI; Mansur Chowdhury, Founder of Impact Foundation; Lorenzo Leonelli, Senior Protection Officer of Protection Working Group; Shakeb Nabi, Country Representative of ICCO Cooperation; spoke at the event.  

Over 100 representatives from national and international organizations, OPDs and donors  attended the event in persons and through online platform.    

Alexandra Spencer, Research Officer of Humanitarian Policy Group, presented results of a study on participation and inclusion of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.   

Citing data of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) 2021, the event was told that 235.4 million people across the world required various types of humanitarian assistance, 15% of them were people with disabilities.

According to a study PWG & REACH, 2021 about 12% people at Rohingya camps are people with disabilities. 

The conclusion panel consisting of Krissie, Coordinator of Child Protection sub sector, Lorenzo, Coordinator, PWG, Sakeb, country representative, ICCO Cooperation; Ahsan, OPD member; made a number of recommendations.

The recommendations include ensuing participation of people with disabilities in the programme and in the workforce; and creating more awareness on changing perceptions among humanitarian agencies, community & sectors on disability inclusion.

An exhibition titled ‘Disability Inclusion Innovations’ was also held on Best Western Hotel premises in Cox’s Bazar on the same day. Products and innovations, developed by People with disabilities and its representative organizations, were put on display where nine organisations participated.