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SCAC consultation meeting with Disabled People’s Organization of Bhutan

SCAC consultation meeting with Disabled People’s Organization of Bhutan

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee conducted their first consultation meeting to discuss the state of persons with disabilities in the country. The committee visited the Disabled People’s Organization of Bhutan (DPOB) office and met with Dr. Sanga Dorji, Chairman of the Board along with their staff and members.

In her opening remarks, Hon’ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee, the committee Chair, explained that the committee will be comprehensively reviewing the situation of Persons with Disabilities, following the ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Parliament last year.

The officials of DPOB presented the overview of the organization and situation of PWDs in the country. According to the presentation, there are an estimated 15,000 persons with disabilities. Since it’s registration as a civil society organization, DPOB has conducted Disability Equality Trainings and facilitated and organized trainings to help 250 PWDs get employed besides conducting other programmes.

Hon. Members discussed issues regarding accessibility, education, health and employment during the consultation.

Tomorrow, the committee will continue the consultation meeting with the Ability Bhutan Society.

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