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Prince Mired Stresses the Need to Make Disability Issues More Visible

2018-03-23

The "Ana Insan - I Am Human Association" for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held a seminar on Tuesday entitled “I am a Nashmiyyeh: it Is My Right to be Among You.” The event was funded by the Swedish Development Partner.

 

In the seminar, HRH Prince Mired bin Ra’ad, President of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, stressed that efforts should be made to make disability issues more visible. This would facilitate the consolidation and exchange of experiences, knowledge and best practices in this field, especially in the case of women with disabilities.

 

He pointed out that the 2017 Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a qualitative addition in this field and that Jordan was one of the first countries to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in international forums.

 

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Political and Parliamentarian Affairs, Engineer Baker Al-Abbadi appreciated the role of the Association in launching the political project to empower women with disabilities. He also commended women’s participation in the decision-making process and the enhancement of their political role, which coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

 

The government coordinator for human rights in the Cabinet, Basil Tarawneh said, “The new Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for 2017 guarantees, for the first time at the regional level, clear and explicit provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in various fields.” The CEO of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI -Tadamon), Asma Khader pointed out the importance of the new law, which is based on the principle of equality of opportunity among all as the basis of true citizenship. She also highlighted the role of the media in spreading awareness about the law.

 

Special Education Professor at Al Al-Beit University, Dr. Ihsan Al-Khalidi highlighted the role of the project undertaken by the "Ana Insan - I Am Human Association" in the governorates of Amman, Madaba, Zarqa, Irbid and Karak. The political participation and integration of people with disabilities is one of the main criteria reflecting the cultural development of societies. President of the "Ana Insan - I Am Human Association", Asia Yaghi presented the general objectives of the project, such as engaging women with disabilities in the decision-making process and raising awareness in government and private institutions and in the media about the importance of participation of people with disabilities and the issuance of pamphlets to be used as awareness-raising means in the long run.

 

Sharifa Nofha Bint Nasser, the Swedish Ambassador in Amman and a number of representatives of official and private bodies were in attendance.