Friday, June 20, 2008

Govt Preparing to Ratify Law on Disabled's Rights

THT Online
Kathmandu, June 21

The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) is going to organise a meeting of the secretaries of line ministries on Sunday in connection with the ratification of the Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities. The government had signed the convention on January 3.
Representatives from the MoWCSW, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Local Administration and others will attend the meeting, an official at the MoWCSW said.
He further said the ministries would invite representatives from different rights groups to inform them of their decision and that the matter had already been discussed with representatives from the organisations working for the welfare of disabled people.
Addressing a one-day training to disabled women on independent living, president of the Nepal Disabled Women's Association Tika Dahal said the state should listen to the voices of disabled women and provide them justice, employment and education.
Kumar Thapa, general secretary of the Nepal Blind Welfare Association, called for unity of disable people while seeking for rights.
According to the convention, independent living means the insurance of disabled people's reproductive rights, as well as their rights to essential health care and a discrimination-free workplace.

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