Ensuring education, employment of people with disabilities: Speakers
Rights activists in a program called for taking the necessary steps to ensure education and employment for people with disabilities (PwD), who make up more than 9% of the total population.
Most people with disabilities are poor and need help to improve their condition. Bangladesh would not be able to achieve the SDGs if they remained neglected because the SDGs mainly focused on leaving no one behind, they said at a seminar titled “Celebrating Membership to the Marrakesh Treaty and the way forward” at the auditorium of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics at Agargaon in the capital.
The Visually Impaired People’s Society (VIPS) and the Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) jointly organized the event on Saturday.
All structures and public transport should also be made accessible to them to guarantee their rights, they added.
Supreme Court lawyer Musherraf Hossain Mazumder, adviser to VIPS, said disabled people are now committing suicide due to unemployment. He urged the authorities concerned to take the necessary measures to solve the problem.
Saidul Huq, Executive Director of the Organization for the Development of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind (BERDO), stressed the need to build a rights-based and discrimination-free society that can guarantee the rights of all.
In her speech, Shaheen Anam, Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, said that it is the constitutional duty of the state to uphold the rights of the backward part of society.
The event was informed that Bangladesh had ratified the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) “Marrakesh Treaty” to facilitate access to published works for the blind, visually impaired or those unable to read printed.