The dis­abled en­cour­aged to join so­cial mea­sures

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Mongolia (NHRCM), Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion (MLSP) and Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA)’s Project for Pro­mot­ing So­cial Par­tic­i­pa­tion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in Ulaan­baatar met on Thurs­day to dis­cuss sup­port for the dis­abled.

The Project for Pro­mot­ing So­cial Par­tic­i­pa­tion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in Ulaan­baatar was launched in May 2016 to im­prove work­ing and liv­ing con­di­tions for peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs) and pro­mote their so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion. The project will be car­ried out un­til May 31, 2020.

Based on the data col­lected through the project, JICA chief ad­vi­sor Chiba Hisao and ex­perts Emi Teruya be­lieve that train­ing PWDs as ed­u­ca­tors and train­ers and hav­ing them teach other dis­abled per­sons is the most ef­fec­tive in­ter­ven­tion for mo­ti­vat­ing them to be more ac­tive. Cur­rently, 16 PWDs are un­der­go­ing train­ing and the project rep­re­sen­ta­tives ini­ti­ated co­op­er­a­tion in or­ga­niz­ing work­shops and pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties with the min­istry.

NHRCM Head Ch.Al­tan­gerel and Head of the Hu­man Rights Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search Depart­ment Ts.Adiyakhishig warmly ac­cepted the pro­posal and agreed to send some of their staff to as­sist the dis­abil­ity eq­uity train­ing work­shop held as part of the project. They also de­cided to utilize the Jour­nal­ists for Hu­man Rights Club af­fil­i­ate to NHRCM to boost in­for­ma­tion ac­ces­si­bil­ity, ad­dress chal­lenges faced by PWDs, and sup­port their so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Spe­cial­ist from MLSP’s Di­vi­sion for De­vel­op­ment of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties B.Boloroo also at­tended the meet­ing and dis­cussed re­lated is­sues.

The gov­ern­ment of Mongolia rat­i­fied the Con­ven­tion on the Right of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in 2009 and es­tab­lished the Di­vi­sion for De­vel­op­ment of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties un­der the Min­istry of Pop­u­la­tion De­vel­op­ment and So­cial Pro­tec­tion in 2012. Fur­ther, the gov­ern­ment en­acted the Law on Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties on Fe­bru­ary 5, 2016, with the ob­jec­tive to pro­tect the rights of PWDs and pro­mote their so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion. With these ef­forts, a proper un­der­stand­ing of the rights of PWDs and their so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion has been grad­u­ally de­vel­op­ing in Mongolia.

How­ever, many PWDs are still liv­ing be­low the poverty line and fac­ing dif­fi­culty in em­ploy­ment, as ex­perts noted.

The meet­ing at­ten­dees be­lieve it is nec­es­sary to pro­vide a proper work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for PWDs and de­velop their ex­per­tise through un­der­stand­ing their spe­cialty, needs and abil­i­ties. The neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of dis­abil­ity, which are preva­lent among the pub­lic, and lack of phys­i­cal and in­for­ma­tional ac­ces­si­bil­ity are among cru­cial is­sues to be ad­dressed for fa­cil­i­tat­ing PWDs’ ef­forts to take part in so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

To ad­dress these is­sues, JICA launched the Project for Pro­mot­ing So­cial Par­tic­i­pa­tion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in Ulaan­baatar.

Ex­pected out­comes are:

• Get­ting in­for­ma­tion on PWD in Ulaan­baatar con­sol­i­dated in the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion • Strength­en­ing the ca­pac­ity of or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­mot­ing the so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion of PWDs in Ulaan­baatar • De­vel­op­ing re­sources to im­prove both phys­i­cal and in­for­ma­tional ac­ces­si­bil­ity in Ulaan­baatar • Bol­ster­ing the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion’s pro­mo­tional work of the so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion of PWDs

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