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Women with disabilities given importance

Davao City (28 March) -- A three-day (March 26-28) Visayas & Mindanao Cluster consultation with Women with Disabilities is being held at Grand Men Seng, Davao City with DSWD ASEC Parisya Hashim Taradji, gracing the affair and giving emphasis on women with disabilities.

Among the resource persons are: Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte; CSSDO chief Marilyn Agonia; DSWD XI Director Ester Verzosa; CHR XI Director Alberto Sipaco, chairperson, RCWDP XI; and Dolores Deang-Soterio, chief, programs management division, National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCRWP)

Various governments worldwide take cognizance of the rights of women with disabilities pursuant to international instruments, such as the Comprehensive and Integral Convention on the Production and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action Towards an Inclusive, Barrier-Free and Right-Based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women in Asia and the Pacific, Convention on the Elimination and Discrimination Against Women, among others.

Greater emphasis and attention are focused on their human rights and fundamental freedoms towards their effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

On December 6, 2006 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 744 declaring the last Monday of March of every year as Women with Disabilities Day and directs all government agencies to "ensure equal access of women with disabilities to health services, education training and employment and protection from sexual and other forms of abuse." It furthermore directs to implement programs to raise public awareness of the situation of women with disabilities and to promote positive attitudes, role models and opportunities for development.

Women with disabilities have achieved a lot through sheer effort of will, hard work, and recognition of their own abilities to balance with their disability.

Among them include: Ms. Venus Ilagan, an orthopedically person (polio victim) who was elected as the first ever woman President of Disabled People's International (DPI), a global organization of people with disabilities based in Ottawa, Canada; Governor Ma. Gracia Cielo 'Grace" Padaca of Ilagan, Isabela, who was afflicted with polio and had exemplified unflinching determination to become a Governor of her province ensuring that her disability would not be an obstacle in achieving her goals to serve her constituents; and Ms. Deanna Gregorio, Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission - Persons with Disabilities Sector. They are among but a few of the women with disabilities who have achieved and contributed to nation-building. (DSWD/PIA) [top]

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