2015 International Day for Persons with Disabilities

The Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with The Australian High Commission, The University of the South Pacific and Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation would like to extend an invitation to the public to join us in the celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Australian Pacific Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific on Thursday, 3rd December from 10:00am.

There will be a panel discussion on:

Inclusion  Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities

"Why does Inclusion Matter?"

Date: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Time: 10:00am FJ time


  1. Mr Joshko Wakaniyasi – Joshko is the Chair of ‘Include Disability Employ this Ability’ (IDEA) Project Team. He will speak on access to employment opportunities for persons with disabilities;

  2. Ms Tuliana Waibuta – Tuliana is the Project Officer for the Fiji Association for the Deaf, and will speak on the importance of accessibility to ICT to enable open communications for people with invisible disabilities such as those with hearing impairment;

  3. Ms Melita Delaibau – Melita is currently enrolled in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education at USP. She will speak on the importance of support services for students with disabilities pursuing tertiary education; and

  4. Ms Gina Houng Lee – Gina is the Gender Adviser with the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program, and will speak on Violence against Women (VAW): how women and all persons with disabilities are disproportionally affected by violence.

The Panel discussion will be facilitated by Sandra Bernklau of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program.


10:00am: Welcome by Acting Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Derrick Armstrong

10.10am :  Opening Remarks by H.E. Margaret Twomey, Australian High Commissioner to Fiji and DFAT Senior Advocate for Disability

10.20am :    Introduction of Panel by Facilitator
10.30am :    Panel  Discussion
11.30am :  Question and Answer Session
11.50am :    Vote of Thanks
12.00pm :    End of Programme
 * Light Refreshments

Event capacity: N/A
Event location: Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre (formely known as the AusAID Lecture theatre), University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.

The event will be livestreamed at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj7txQ-q4jUUo8jfe2j4hEQ/live and Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) will have Display Booths at the venue showcasing their efforts to promote a more inclusive and equal community.


Event date: 12/3/2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM(GMT + 12.00)