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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. 

These scholarships are offered under six themes:




Pacific Disability Forum | 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

Press Release from the Rehabilitation and Mobility Conference 2019
Press Release from the Rehabilitation and Mobility Conference 2019

Disability rights, access to rehabilitation in remote areas and the latest wheelchair technology are hot topics under discussion at the Pacific’s first ever rehabilitation and mobility conference underway in Nadi this week.
 
Adelaide based NGO Motivation Australia and the Pacific Disability Forum have come together to host this important Conference, which follows on from the Pacific Disability Forum’s successful 6th Regional Conference held one month ago, and which highlighted the need for assistive technology as one precondition for inclusion and participation for many.

Pacific Disability Forum | 4/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE - From Recognition to Realisation of Rights: Furtheri...
PRESS RELEASE - From Recognition to Realisation of Rights: Furthering Effective Partnership for an Inclusive Pacific 2030

From recognition to realisation of rights, furthering effective partnership for an inclusive Pacific 2030, will be the centre of the conversation during the 6th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi Fiji from 25 February to 1 March 2019. The conference will bring together delegations from disabled person’s organisation (DPOs), governments, disability service providers, UN Agencies, Donors, NGOs and development actors from around the region and globally to effectively strengthen partnership for an inclusive Pacific 2030.

According to the Mr. Setareki Macanawai, the  Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) the Pacific Island countries’ leaders have strengthened their commitments to tackle barriers faced by persons with disabilities, with 13 countries in the region having ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) over the past 5 years.




Pacific Disability Forum | 2/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pacific Regional Conference on Disability 2019 - Registration is no...
Pacific Regional Conference on Disability 2019 - Registration is now Closed.

Bula from PDF. 

 
We would like to formally inform you all that the registration forms to attend the Pacific Regional Conference on Disability to be held in Nadi in the next 2 weeks is now CLOSED. 
 
We would like to thank you all for those who have sent in their forms and we hope to meet you all soon.

@TeamPDF



Pacific Disability Forum | 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

IDA - Inclusive Development Project Officer
IDA - Inclusive Development Project Officer

The International Disability Alliance (IDA) seeks an Inclusive Development Project Officer, responsible for ensuring the timely and quality implementation of specific IDA projects or IDA components of broader inclusive development projects, with a focus on inclusive education, inclusive livelihoods and inclusive health.
 
These projects and initiatives aim at advancing the effective realisation of the rights of all persons with disabilities, in compliance with the CRPD. They require high degrees of collaboration with a diverse range of development stakeholders, DPOs and other partners.

· Application deadline: 22 February 2019
· Desired start date: As soon as possible
· Assessment and start date: end of February / early March
· Location: Remote based

· Read more and apply.



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Pacific Disability Forum | 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

PDF Vacancy - Administrative Assistance
PDF Vacancy - Administrative Assistance

                                                                  
The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is a regional peak body that works in partnership with Disabled Persons Organisations in Pacific Island countries and territories.
 
PDF is looking to recruit a competent individual who can help build the capacity of the organisation and improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the Pacific through advocacy and sound administrative management.


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Over 96% of Government Website Hide Disabled Men and Women on their Site

Over 96% of Government Websites Hide Disabled Men and Women on Their Site

Over 96% of Government Websites Hide Disabled Men and Women on Their Site

TLDR: Disabled people are almost non-existent on government and stock-photos websites, and when they are represented, they are not represented as whole individuals, but are only showed for their disability.

We crawled the internet and looked at more than 500 government websites from around the globe and what we found was shocking! While around 50% do show physically disabled people in images, only less than 4% have them on non-health and wellness related pages. Governments aren’t the only ones at fault here. Stock photo websites, like Shutterstock, do not tag disabled people as actual people, but only for their disability.

We call on governmental and stock photos websites to include disabled people and start treating as whole individuals, with varied lives and interests, and no to focus only on their disability.

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Pacific Disability Forum | 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM

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IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Actions, Pacific Consultation Workshop

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Team on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action currently conducting a regional Consultation Workshop for humanitarian actors in the Pacific. The workshop which is the first regional consultation undertaken by the IASC Task Team and first such regional meeting in the Pacific will be an opportunity for disabled people’s organisations (DPO), Governments, UN Agencies, CROP Agencies, and other humanitarian actors in the region to contribute to the development of a global guideline on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Humanitarian Actions.


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM

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Concept Note: Regional Consultation Workshop, Pacific Region, IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji - 24-25 January, 2018

CONTEXT

In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group agreed to establish a Task Team on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Task Team is mandated to create the IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action between January 2017 and December 2018. The Guidelines will assist humanitarian actors, governments, affected communities and organizations of persons with disabilities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions that foster the effectiveness, appropriateness and efficiency of humanitarian action, resulting in the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities and changing practice across all sectors and in all phases of humanitarian action, based in international legal frameworks – International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law. The Task Team membership spans UN agencies, humanitarian actors, NGOs and organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and includes Member States as observers. The Task Team is led by three co-chairs: Handicap International, the International Disability Alliance and UNICEF.[1]
Further details on the Task Team, including Terms of Reference and Work Plan, can be found on the IASC website:
https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-task-team-inclusion-persons-disabilities-humanitarian-action


 



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on 3 December with the aim to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society, development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’. The theme reiterates the 2030 Agenda plea of leaving no one behind and encourages a society that is sustainable and resilient for all


Pacific Disability Forum | 12/2/2017 12:00:00 AM