Empowerment of Women With Disabilities

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 6, 2009 in Women Rights

Bangladesh is a developing country in the world where the majority of people live in the villages in poverty. The population stands at 5 million people. According to a data of World Health Organization (WHO), 10% of the people are with some types of disabilities in Bangladesh. Of this disabled people, 50% are disabled women.

They are traditionally neglected and discriminated in family and society. Women with disabilities (WWDs) are neglected both by the government and the NGOs though our government is signatory to instruments that promise development of women with disabilities.

The Ministry of Social Welfare is responsible for developing women with disabilities instead of Women and Children Affairs Ministry in our Country. There are many highly qualified women with disabilities but they do not get jobs for the lack of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

In the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the rights of disabled women are clearly mentioned:

Article:-6 (1). State Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Aritcle:-6 (2). State Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the present Convention.

Most of the Women with Disabilities (WWDs) is not educated. They are burdens on their family, society and state for the lack of opportunity and co-operation.

If they get opportunities for training on income generating activities (IGA), they will be able to earn a living and be productive in society.

The daily star 06.02.2009



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