University centre backs ratification
Anything to do with disabilities we support it without reservations: Parmesh Chand
Fiji needs to ‘walk the talk’ when advocating for issues of persons living with disabilities, says Parmesh Chand. The USP’s Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration director yesterday showed their support for the immediate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights with Persons with Disabilities.
“Anything to do with disabilities; we here in PICPA support it without reservations and we ourselves are doing researches in the areas of disabilities,” he said. Mr Chand said they were willing to assist those countries who were lacking resources in upgrading their policies.
“We ourselves as an institution are putting policies in place in terms of proper documentation; anything to do with the improvement of conditions for those that are living with disabilities, which had difficulties and those that need to be brought into the mainstream.
“We support all that because it’s all about equal opportunities despite what your background and abilities are; these are all a fact of mankind,” he said. Mr Chand said we needed to live by example when it came to giving persons with disabilities equal opportunities for their livelihood. He said they were also conducting research on issues like gender violence and domestic violence. “These are all very important issues in work places; it affects staff and the ability to deliver,” he said. Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti