Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Afghanistan: South Asian Regional Conference - empowering women and children with disability

Source: The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) - The fifth South Asian Regional Conference (SARC) declaration for persons with disabilities was signed after a three day conference in Kabul on 30th of March 2010.

The conference focused on the role of Community Based Rehabilitation in empowering women and children with disability, particularly in Afghanistan. Achievements, challenges and new initiatives for the next two years in the member countries with focus on Afghanistan were discussed.

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) focuses on empowerment of people with disabilities and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities to full participation and access to development in all sectors of society.

The signed declaration is based on guidelines from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, other National and International conventions on the Rights of People with Disability and the Child Rights Convention. The declaration will apply in all regional member countries.

More than 300 participants attended the conference, as well as representatives from member countries (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Maldives) and representatives from Iran and Tajikistan, who will be future members.

The Afghanistan CBR Network hosted the conference. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan's RAD programme for people with disability pay special attention to children and women with disabilities and is a key member of the Afghanistan CBR Network.

The regional conference is held every two years between the SARC countries (Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka). The sixth regional conference is due to be held in July 2013 in the Maldives.

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