ILO makes events for persons with disabilities
The International Labour Office (ILO) and countries around the world are to mark the International Day of Disabled Persons (IDDP) on Monday 3 December with a series of events designed to focus new attention on how to ensure decent work for persons with disabilities and tap their abilities and talents.
A special event at the ILO in Geneva on 3 December will include a video statement by an Academy Award winning American actress and presentations by an African social activist and a former member of the Swiss Parliament and leading advocate for people with disabilities on how they overcame barriers in their professions and livelihoods to full and productive work.
At the same time, the ILO will also launch a new report on progress to date in promoting equal opportunities for disabled persons in the world of work, entitled The Right to Decent Work of Persons with Disabilities.
The report, prepared for the ILO by Dr. Arthur O'Reilly, former Chief Executive of the National Rehabilitation Board and National Disability Authority in Ireland, examines laws, policies and initiatives undertaken internationally and at national level, to encourage the recruitment and retention of disabled workers. It provides an overview of the employment options open to disabled persons in labour markets worldwide, and refers to data on their participation and unemployment rates in several countries. It also highlights the challenges people with disabilities face in the world of work, and proposes an agenda for action, so that the international and national laws can be effectively implemented. The report is being translated into over 10 languages.