Disabilities at work

Source: InfoChange
Persons with disability have been blocked out of our everyday reality, touching only those who are caregivers. Seventy-five per cent live in rural areas, only 49% of this population is literate and only 34% employed. Women make up 42.46% of the total population of persons with disability. August 2006. [see more]
In spite of existing national, regional and international laws and instruments and of actions by international bodies and efforts by non-governmental organizations, disabled persons continue to be subjected to violations of their human rights, a situation which is aggravated in the case of women with disabilities, as they suffer a double discrimination.

If the provisions contained in international treaties and other instruments were adequately enforced, equal and full participation of disabled persons in the field of labor would have already been attained. This, unfortunately, has not happened yet, despite the efforts of the International Labor Organization, which has been advocating since the 1940's in favor of equal opportunities for people with disabilities. With the aim of eliminating this gap, several organizations are currently working together with the United Nations to create a specific Convention to protect the human rights of disabled persons.

The projected Convention builds on a number of other conventions, treaties and recommendations on the subject dating back several decades, ratified by the United Nations, the ILO and different civil society initiatives. In 1994, the United Nations' Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights warned that the effects of disability discrimination have been particularly harmful in the fields of education, employment, housing, transportation, cultural activities and access to public spaces and services.

Equal opportunity for all citizens in the labor market cannot be achieved merely by passing appropriate legislation and regulations, it calls for the implementation of policies to enable the fulfillment of commitments that are binding upon the countries. All ILO Members, even if they have not ratified a particular convention, have an obligation arising from their very membership to the organization, to respect, promote and enforce the principles concerning the fundamental rights protected under such conventions, and this includes eradicating discrimination in the field of employment and occupation.

As established in the ILO's Convention No. 159 on vocational rehabilitation and employment for disabled persons, all member countries must draft, apply and revise national policies concerning vocational rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities. The goal is to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to provide vocational rehabilitation for all disabled persons regardless of the origin of their disabilities, besides promoting employment opportunities and fair treatment in the labor market. All such measures must be based on the principle of equal opportunities for disabled workers and workers in general.
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