Conference promotes rights of persons with disabilities

HANOI: International cooperation is crucial to successfully realising the rights of people with disabilities, heard a conference jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and Caritas – a Catholic charitable organisation in Hanoi on June 23.

This is part of the activities in preparation for the country’s first report onthe implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons withDisabilities (UNCRPD) to the UN in the coming time.

The promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities is apriority in Vietnam’s policies towards this group, affirmed participants at the event. They said it has been represented through a systemof legal regulations and the country’s ratification of the UNCRPD in 2015.

In the past years,international cooperation in the field has been consolidated and promotion of disabled people’s rights has drawn attention from numerous internationalorganisations and non-governmental organisations.

The attendants also shared experience in international collaboration at the event.

Some representatives asked the MoLISA to further support for localities inproviding healthcare for Persons with disabilities. They also suggested that relevantbranches set up specific support policies and encourage investment in rehabilitation centres for persons with disabilities.

Vietnam has around 7.2 million people with disabilities, accounting for 7.8 percent of the population, one of the high levels in the Asia- Pacific. More than half (58 percent) of the disabled population are women, 28.3 percent are children and 15 percent live in poverty, according to statistics in 2016 of the National Committee for People with Disabilities.

MoLISA’s statistics showed that around 900,000 people with disabilities are receiving monthly allowance. All centrally-governed cities and provinces have built rehabilitation facilities for persons with disabilities. During 2011-2015, around 140,000 people with disabilities received vocational training and found jobs through State-sponsored programmes.

Source: VNA

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