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Pacific leaders’ adopts regional framework on disability

The Pacific Framework on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PFRPD) was adopted at the 47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in September 2016. This commitment from our leaders indicates their will to build a Pacific that is inclusive and equitable for all persons with disabilities. The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) welcomes the decisions made by our leaders and acknowledges the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) support and role in making this happen.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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PDF signs MOU with WWF Pacific

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Wide Fund for Nature Pacific (WWF-Pacific) on 4 July 2016 in Suva, Fiji. The MOU aims to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities in their homes and community halls which are used as evacuation centers during disasters.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Making a difference in the life of women with disabilities

The Cook Islands Women and Girls with Disabilities Organisation (CIWGDO) in partnership with the CITTI ran a ‘Sew Simple Programme’ for women with disabilities in the Cook Islands. The programme which ran for 9 weeks supported and builds the capacity of women with disabilities participating to sew scarfs, skirts, dress, tops, shorts and other types of garments that will enable them to earn sustainable income. While the programme focuses on building technical skills  for these women with disabilities, it also teaches them to live independently by supporting them to develop personal plans for their lives and  safe use of the public transportation.   
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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DPO impacting the life of persons with disabilities in the Pacific

Touai is a totally blind men and an active advocator of the rights of persons with disabilities in Kiribati. He is a member of Te Toa Matoa (TTM) the national disable persons organisation in Kiribati and a member of TTM’s in-country resource team that take lead in advocating for disability inclusive development and creating awareness on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 


 
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Pacific Women with Disabilities at the AWID Forum in Brazil

The Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) send a delegation of six Pacific women with disabilities with four personal assistants to attend the 13th AWID Forum 2016 in Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Northern Pacific Desk Established

The Pacific Disability Forum has established a desk in the Northern Pacific to service member disable persons organisations (DPOs) in Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). PDF Northern Pacific Programme Officer Mr. Nelbert Perez will manage the desk with the assistance and support of the PDF Secretariat in Fiji. The desk is supported by the partnership between PDF and the Pacific Community (SPC) and funding from the International Disability   Alliance (IDA).



Pacific Disability Forum | 10/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

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FIFTH PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY 2017

FIRST NOTICE 
1. Dates: Monday, 20th February 2017 – Friday, 24th February 2017. 

2. Host Country: Samoa

3. Venue: Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa
    Physical Address: Beach Road, Sogi, Apia, Samoa
    Telephone: +685 211 22
     Website: http://www.tanoatusitala.com

4.    Programme Outline: 

  • Pacific Regional Forum on Women with Disabilities: Monday, 20th February – Tuesday, 21st February 2017.
  • Pacific Regional Forum on Youth with Disabilities: Monday, 20th February – Tuesday, 21st February 2017.
  • Pacific Disability Conference: Wednesday, 22nd February – Thursday, 23rd February 2017
  • PDF General Forum: Friday, 24th February 2017. Business meeting for member organisations of PDF. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 9/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Weekly Update 25 July 2016

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum(PDF).

The inclusion of persons with disabilities though working in partnership with its representative organisation before, during and after a disaster is vital in ensuring that persons with disabilities are not left behind.

Pacific Disability Forum | 7/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

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WEBSITE ON REPAIR MODE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PDF WEBSITE IS UNDER REPAIR, THEREFORE YOU WILL BE EXPERIENCING SOME BROKEN LINKS WHEN SEARCHING FOR DOCUMENTS ON THIS WEBSITE. 



Pacific Disability Forum | 7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

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All human rights for all persons with disabilities

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) is conducting a Pacific BRIDGE Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Post 2015 and Inclusive Development (BRIDGE) training at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi from 14 to 20 May 2016.


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/14/2016 12:00:00 AM