Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Groups advocate employment for the disabled

Groups advocate employment for the disabled

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The disabled joins the 11th Workability Asia Conference 2018. Hong Menea

Groups advocate employment for the disabled

Civil society organisations whose work mainly focuses on advocating the welfare of people with disabilities across Asia appealed to their governments to pay more attention to the private sectors offering job opportunities for disabled people.

The call was made at the 11th Workability Asia Conference 2018, hosted by Workability Asia, Essential Personnel Cambodia and Disability Action Council.

Themed Enabling innovative diverse workforce towards sustainable competitiveness, the conference takes place in Phnom Penh for three days – from Monday to Wednesday.

Katsunori Fujii, chairperson of Workability Asia – the regional chapter of Workability International, the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities – said support for disabled people is not solely attributed to charities or volunteers.

The governments are also responsible to ensure the rights of the disabled are equal to those of others, he said.

Essential Personnel Cambodia executive director Ouch Nimul said: “Most disabled people are the poorest of the poor, with women and children, in particular, remaining the most vulnerable, and that their economic activities stay low.”

He said that disabled people face discrimination and exclusion in society, saying, “their access to social services, such as health, education, skills training and jobs remains limited”.

“We firmly believe that the conference would stimulate discussions on the rights of and employment prospects for disabled people which may trigger actions to reduce poverty and foster inclusivity.”

A participant from a school for the blind in Pattaya, Thailand, showing his notebook with a built-in Braille display and screen reader, told The Post that disabled people “must not stop developing their skills and knowledge in order to meet job demands”.

Chid Sooknu has been visually impaired since birth. He encouraged other people with disabilities to “not feel hopeless and do our best in studying to be able to support our lives”.

UNDP Cambodia country director Nick Beresford urged the public and governments “to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realised”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports