The disabled encouraged to join social measures
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