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Luganville needs more ramps and toilets for people with disabilitie...
Luganville needs more ramps and toilets for people with disabilities

The National Co-ordinator of the Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association Mrs Nelly Caleb says there needs to be more ramps and wheel-chair accessible toilets for people with disabilities in Luganville.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
Education is the key to success. It is a tool that has been proven to have lifted people out of poverty, open their minds to perceive things positively and most importantly build their capacity to make informed and well thought decisions and choices in life. However, for some persons with disabilities in the Pacific it is almost impossible for them to go through the education system as people’s mindset towards them tend to be one of the biggest barrier that contributes to them not accessing any forms of education.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

"End Violence against Children Pacific Conference"
"End Violence against Children Pacific Conference"

The above-mentioned regional meeting was organised by the UNICEF Pacific Office and attended by over 100 participants representing Government Departments/ Ministries, regional organisations, civil society, church, development partners, UN agencies and media groups from around the Pacific. It was opened by H.E Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the President of Fiji with the keynote address delivered by Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence Against Children.

Pacific Disability Forum | 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
Building a disability inclusive community is critical in this day and age that we live in. Being part of a community gives every person including persons with disabilities a sense of belonging and being part of something which they can always call home. PDF acknowledges the steps taken by residents of Tonga’s Eua Island on their hands-on approach to construct world-class community projects that consider potential impacts of climate change and disasters and, ensuring that it is disability inclusive. Such steps and initiatives are vital as it ensures the full enjoyment of life by community members, without any limitation to their mobility and accessibility within the community.


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/19/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
It is very encouraging to note that churches are striving towards ensuring that they are disability inclusive, education ministries pushing for the mainstreaming of children with disabilities into mainstream schools and that persons with disabilities are playing sports like any other member of society. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/14/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
The 30th of April 2015 was a day to remember for women and girls with disabilities in the Pacific as the first ever EVAW inclusive toolkit for women and girls was launched. The toolkit, will support EVAW organisations to include women and girls with disabilities in the fight to eliminate violence against women and, in their advocacy programmes and activities. The toolkit will play a big role in purging barriers that women and girls with disabilities face in society and address greater awareness on the discrimination that women and girls face in society. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

New Disability Inclusive toolkit on EVAW to benefit stakeholders
New Disability Inclusive toolkit on EVAW to benefit stakeholders

A new toolkit being launched in Suva on Thursday will help organisations in Fiji work better with women and girls with disabilities when it comes to ending violence against women and girls. 

Pacific Disability Forum | 4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.

The inclusion of persons with disabilities in society is very much evident around the Pacific, from survey questions to national population census and to religious aspect of lives. While these changes are evident in society there is still the need to change society’s attitudes towards persons with disabilities.


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/20/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 

Removing the stigma associated with persons with disabilities in the Pacific is one of the commitment that the Pacific Disability Forum(PDF) commit itself to, so that persons with disabilities in the Pacific enjoy life to the full and live in a barrier free and a disability inclusive Pacific society.


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF).
 
Over the years the Pacific Disability Forum has been working together with National Disable People’s Organisations (NDPO’s) around the Pacific to build their organisational capacity so that they increased their recognition and voice in their various countries and, influence policies and programs on disability inclusive developments practices in the Pacific, for governments and partners to include persons with disabilities in their policies and programing. In testimony to this, Pacific countries are signing and ratifying the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, registering persons with disabilities to vote and ensuring that they are included in various government’s initiatives.

Pacific Disability Forum | 4/8/2015 12:00:00 AM