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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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PDF signs TOR on Elections Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG)

The Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with disable peoples organisations in Fiji signed a Terms of Reference (TOR) with the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) and the Fiji National Council of Disabled Persons (FNCDP). The TOR signed on 31 August 2016 will be a guiding documents that will assist the Fiji Election Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG) in ensuring that Fiji’s election systems, materials and venues are accessible for all persons with disabilities in Fiji.
 


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

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PDF to roll out EVAW toolkit

The Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with the UN Women Sub Regional Office in the Pacific will roll out in Samoa and Kiribati the Eliminating Violence Against Women (EVAW) Toolkit which was piloted in Fiji in 2015. The EVAW roll out project which started in December of 2016 is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for a period of one year.



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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Workshop on disability statistics

Pacific Disability Forum CEO Mr. Setareki Macanawai and Research and Development Officer Ms. Laisa Vereti participated in an Implementation Workshop on Disability Statistics from 13-15 July 2016 in Nadi, Fiji with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Pacific Community. This regional training was attended mainly by heads of Statistics Departments from countries in the region. This training was organised in response to a need in the region for additional technical support for implementing and analysing the Washington Group tools and data in upcoming national censuses.


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

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Research to promote accessible ICT for persons with disabilities in the Pacific

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) research titled “Accessible ICT for Persons with Disabilities in the Pacific: A case for Cook Islands, Fiji, PNG and the Republic of the Marshall  Islands” aims to promote accessible ICT in the Pacific and establish a baseline data of ICT usage by persons with disabilities in Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands and PNG.


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

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WEEKLY UPDATE

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum

This years International Day of Persons with Disabilities was celebrated with the theme “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. The theme noted the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 12/7/2016 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

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF).

The ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is crucial in ensuring the protection, promotion and enjoyment of all human rights for all persons with disabilities. In the Pacific, eight Island Countries have ratified the CRPD while five have signed but yet to ratify, however, its implementation is very slow in coming. The incorporation of the CRPD into in-country plans, policies, legislations, and frameworks, and, the monitoring of its implementation are critical for Pacific Island Countries, in guaranteeing the inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities on equal basis with others.


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM