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Ban appoints former vice-president of Ecuador as envoy on disabilit...
Ban appoints former vice-president of Ecuador as envoy on disability, accessibility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the 19 December, 2013 has announced the appointment of Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces of Ecuador as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

In his new post, Mr. Moreno will help promote the rights of people with disabilities, who number more than one billion, and also advocate on behalf of accessibility for all people.



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/7/2014 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 06 January 2014
PDF Weekly Update - 06 January 2014

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!

A Happy New Year to you all.

As we start off 2014, PDF will continue to promote the rights of people with disabilities and also advocate on behalf of accessibility for all people



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams
First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams

Very exciting - First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams
 
 Brothers and Sisters around the world!!!! I am thrilled to share this article. Haben Girma, you are an example.

I fight for freedom and sovereignty to deafblind people. Haben Girma, and you are a sovereign. Go ahead my sister.

Show the world the power of the deafblind identity. All the best.

Alex Garcia - Deafbiind Brazilian

Pacific Disability Forum | 1/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

International Day of People with Disability Media release
International Day of People with Disability Media release

On International Day of People with Disability, Senator Brett Mason today announced that the Australian Government will develop a new strategy to ensure that people with disability play an active and central role in Australia’s aid program beyond 2015.


Senator Mason made the announcement during the International Day of People with Disability event at Parliament House today.


Pacific Disability Forum | 12/5/2013 12:00:00 AM

Women’s unpaid work in the home is a ‘major human rights issue,’ sa...
Women’s unpaid work in the home is a ‘major human rights issue,’ says UN expert

 
NEW YORK, 25 OCTOBER 2013 (UN NEWS CENTRE) --- Cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly should be a social and collective responsibility, rather than fall entirely on women’s shoulders, a United Nations independent expert has said, warning that unpaid care that is not shared ingrains poverty and social exclusion for women.
 
“I call on States to recognize unpaid care work as a major human rights issue,” UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, told the UN General Assembly’s main social, humanitarian and cultural body (Third Committee) in New York.



Pacific Disability Forum | 10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

8 Messages to teach young women and girls about happiness
8 Messages to teach young women and girls about happiness

 
Women's happiness levels have been on the decline for the past few decades, so says a 2009 studyentitled, "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness." If that is the case, what are young women and girls learning about what it means to be happy? Who are their happiness role models?

It wasn't until I burned out after seven years of practicing law that I gave much thought to my own happiness. If you could give some advice to young women and girls about how to build happiness, what would you say? Here is my list, which is based on my own personal experiences, what gets my clients stuck, and the research.




Pacific Disability Forum | 10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

Global Accessibility News – October 28, 2013
Global Accessibility News – October 28, 2013


GAATES Presents at WWW HLFS: ICT and Media Inclusion of Women, Girls and People with Disabilities
Asia-Pacific Oct 28, 2013
HANOI, VIETNAM: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) presented in the Women With the Wave High-Level Forum Series: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Continue reading the story...

New smartphone travel app for people with hearing disabilities
Middle East Oct 28, 2013
DUBAI, UAE: Taxi customers with hearing disabilities will be able to book cabs more easily and communicate with drivers with a new smartphone application. The free app Continue reading the story...



Pacific Disability Forum | 10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM

International Day of Rural Women
International Day of Rural Women



"Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day of Rural Women




Pacific Disability Forum | 10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Special Olympians named
Special Olympians named

THE Australian team has taken its first step towards the next Special Olympics World Games in 2015 by naming a 400-strong squad to compete in the Asia-Pacific Games in Newcastle in just under eight weeks.

Against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour and in the presence of Governor-General Quentin Bryce, several athletes heard their names read out for the December 1-7 event yesterday.

 



Pacific Disability Forum | 10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM

Fiji commits itself to making disability visible during times of cr...
Fiji commits itself to making disability visible during times of crisis – Dr Luveni

The Fiji Government has committed to making disability visible during times of crisis.
 
The commitment comes days before the global community celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October.
 
Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni told journalists in Suva that government will work all relevant stakeholders to ensure the needs of people living with disabilities are addressed.
 



Pacific Disability Forum | 10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM