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Fiji promises to align with UN Convention

(Xinhua)

10:29, September 29, 2011

SUVA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation promised on Wednesday that it is committed to mainstreaming disability issues in government programs and policies, to align the government with the United Nations Convention.

Minister Jiko Luveni voiced the promise while officially opening a three-day workshop organized by the Fiji Association for the Deaf (FAD) in Suva, which was formed in 2002 and is the only deaf association in Fiji.

The government has also signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability which protects the rights of persons with disability and that was why they were doing all they could to protect these members of society, Luveni said.

She added that "the convention ensures that persons with disability have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of color, race, religion or social status."

While the workshop aims to empower the women and youths with hearing impairment to strengthen their personal development and improve their livelihoods, Luveni informed participants that the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 calls for employers to provide jobs to at least two disabled persons out of every 50 employees.

"The challenge is to expand training opportunities, both in the formal and informal sectors of the economy for the disabled persons and improve the record of employing people with disabilities in both private and public sectors," she said.


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