Rights organisation finding jobs for disabled in BD 

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 16 Jul 2017, 17:44:14

Rights organisation finding jobs for disabled in BD 

A Non-government organisation has come up with a strategy to ensure that people with disabilities in Bangladesh are not unemployed and add to the development of the country. 

To this end, the organisation, Disability Rights Promotion International or DRPI is collecting CVs from the potential job seekers to connect them with the appropriate job matching their skills, says a report on bdnews24.com.

“We have received more than 200 CVs so far. FBCCI and DCCI are working with us to employ persons with disabilities,” said Ferdousi Begum, Bangladesh Country Coordinator of DRPI, at a press briefing on Sunday.

The Canadian government and York University are also providing support to the initiative.

York University Professor Dr Marcia Rioux, who helped write the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, emphasised that this is not a charity model. 

“This is aimed at inclusion of the 15 per cent population of the society who are excluded”.

“The cost of exclusion of persons with disabilities is very high,” she said. 

Bangladesh is losing approximately $891 million a year, she said, citing ILO statistics and a UN estimates that 15 per cent of the total population have some form of disability.

Founder and Managing Director of Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity Abdus Sattar does not consider it a charity effort either. 

“We are thinking this in a more advanced way. We think I am a citizen of this country. I pay taxes, VAT, so I have the rights”.

Bangladesh has ratified the UN convention on the rights of the persons with disabilities in 2008.

The government also has a 10 per cent quota for persons with disabilities. But campaigners say that qualified candidates can miss their chance due to the information gap.

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