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December 30, 2013

Second career expo for persons with disabilities

Third December is celebrated worldwide as an International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This celebration helps promote awareness on disability issues and rights. This year the global theme for the day was “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.

As a part of the celebrations, Nepal’s Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare, National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), UNICEF, Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN), and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) in association with www.merojob.com came together to organise the second Career Expo for People with Disabilities on the 13 December. The aim was to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Nepal. (more…)

November 27, 2013

Inclusive toilets for all: A commitment made in SACOSAN V

Nepal hosted the Fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V) from October 22 to 24 in 2013 in Kathmandu. Adopted by all the participating governments and 400+ delegates, SACOSAN’s slogan this time was: “Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation”.

This year, I had a personal connection to SACOSAN V. Based on my presentation earlier this year on WASH and women with disability at a WaterAid-Nepal-hosted event, I was asked to submit a paper to the SACOSAN Technical Group. Shortly after I did, I learnt that my paper had been selected for a presentation in SACOSAN-V. I was very happy. (more…)

September 27, 2013

Where is equity?

Filed under: Advocacy,Disabled access to WASH,Equity and inclusion — nepalwash @ 12:41 am

There are more than 500,000 people live with disability in Nepal. More than 350,000 people do not have access to toilets. Kathmandu, a capital of Nepal does not have a single disabled friendly toilet – click here to watch a 2D film.

September 16, 2013

A difficult journey to toilet

A short film raising issue on accessing to basic sanitation services by people with disabilities

July 17, 2013

ODF and disability issues

When the Nepal government brought the Sanitation and Hygiene Master plan in 2011, the concept of the Open Defecation Free, ODF in short was relatively new. Master plan targeted to improve the status of sanitation dramatically in the whole country by 2017 and the main indicator set to judge this was to check whether the particular area was ODF or not. ODF simply means that nobody in a certain area defecates in Open. In other words, everybody has access to a toilet. (more…)

July 8, 2013

Bringing persons with and without disabilities together

I believe the main reason for exclusion of persons with disabilities from any basic services including water and sanitation is the lack of proper awareness in general people about disability. I have experienced that, most of the non-disabled people don’t know what the exact requirements of disabled people are. In many cases, they are even unaware that- the toilets in their houses or business places are not suitable for disabled people. It is because they haven’t got any chance to mix up with the people who have disabilities- in any occasions.

Our society has craved two different paths for disabled people and non-disabled people from the early childhood. Children who have some kind of disabilities are sent to a different school than their non-disabled counterparts. Only these “special” schools have accessible facilities required by the children having disabilities. Thus they can’t go to common schools. Due to this constraint, they can’t grow up with non-disabled children and be friends with them. The only persons around them are disabled persons like them. This segregation of disabled children prevents the development of an emotional relation between non-disable person and disabled persons. (more…)

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