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Believe in yourself and never give up
Believe in yourself and never give up

Suria Apulu a person with physical disability in Samoa is a part time Data Entry Officer at the Football Federation Samoa through the ‘Just Play’ programme. She is also a member of Nuanua O’le Alofa (NOLA) and a part of NOLA’s CRPD Resource team. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update 8 March 2016
Weekly Update 8 March 2016

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF).

This year’s International Women’s Day is celebrated with the theme “Pledge for Parity”. The Pacific Disability Forum in pledging for parity calls for the recognition of women and girls with disabilities in all aspect of society.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

PDF advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities in...
PDF advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Geneva

From 18-26 February, Nelly Caleb, co-Chair of PDF, followed an intensive and diverse programme in Geneva advocating for rights of women and girls with disabilities before the United Nations.  Thanks to the support of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Nelly was able to travel to Geneva in order to take part in important advocacy opportunities in the context of the 63rd session of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) which was reviewing Vanuatu's implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

IDA intervention to the CEDAW Committee’s half day of General Discu...
IDA intervention to the CEDAW Committee’s half day of General Discussion on gender-related dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change 29 February 2016, 63rd session

Presented by Angeline Chand PDF DPO Development Officer

International Disability Alliance (IDA)

Member Organisations:
Down Syndrome International, Inclusion International,
International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus,
International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, World Blind Union,
World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the DeafBlind,
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry,
Arab Organization of Disabled People, European Disability Forum,
Red Latinoamericana de Organizaciones no Gubernamentales de Personas con Discapacidad y sus familias (RIADIS), Pacific Disability Forum


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

PDF to launch Indicators for Effective Inclusive Education in the R...
PDF to launch Indicators for Effective Inclusive Education in the Region

Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with our member organisations in Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu will be launching the Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Education (INDIE) toolkits in these respective countries. The launch of the indicators will be on 19 February in the Solomon Islands, 24 February in Fiji, 26 February in Samoa and March in Vanuatu.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

Future Leaders play key role in society’s development
Future Leaders play key role in society’s development

Building the capacity of youth with disabilities in the Pacific is a crucial step towards sustainable leadership in the disability sector.

Pacific Disability Forum | 2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene is crucial
Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene is crucial

Water is a basic need, and it plays a very crucial role in ensuring that we live a decent and healthy life. Hence, it is important that clean water is easily available and accessible for all people including persons with disabilities.

Pacific Disability Forum | 2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

MIUSA FDPF WILD empowerment workshop
MIUSA FDPF WILD empowerment workshop

The Fiji Disable Peoples Federation (FDPF) Women’s Group organised a MIUSA Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) Empowerment Workshop in Suva Fiji from the 2 to 4 February.

Pacific Disability Forum | 2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

 Changing attitudes through actions
Changing attitudes through actions

Sainimili Naivalu is a volunteer with the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji (SIA), a Disable People Organisation (DPO) in Fiji and a member of the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF).

Pacific Disability Forum | 2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

 Internship program gave me confidence in myself: Jack Logomae
Internship program gave me confidence in myself: Jack Logomae

Jackson Logomae is currently doing his internship with the Youth@Work program as a receptionist at the Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) headquarter in Honiara, Solomon Islands. He has a physical disability and lives in East Kola ridge, Honiara.

Pacific Disability Forum | 2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM