Speakers at a seminar yesterday recommended reserving some seats in parliament for women with disabilities to ensure their political rights.
Disabled Child Foundation (DCF) with the support of USAID Bangladesh organised the seminar titled, “Empowering Grassroots-level Women with Disabilities and Our Roles” at the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry and Convener of Parliamentarian Caucus on Disability Abdul Matin Khasru was present at the programme as the chief guest with Quazi Rosy, MP, in the chair.
Albert Mollah, executive director of Access Bangladesh, presented the keynote paper at the seminar and Jibon William Gomes, executive director of Turning Point, conducted the open discussion session of the seminar.
Director (Vocational) of the Directorate of Technical Education Dr Md Nurul Islam, Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Secretary General of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh Khairul Alam (Prince) and Programme Specialist, Programme Office, USAID Bangladesh, Shaheen Bin Shiraz were present.
Quazi Rosy said all the disabled people across the country, including those of minority groups, should be brought under government assistance. “Arranging only wheelchairs for them won't work, jobs will have to be arranged for them.”
The speakers suggested creating income-generating work for women with disabilities at upazila level, providing micro-credit and low interest loan for their self-employment, introducing disabled-friendly transport system, ensuring their participation in different government committees from local to national levels and promoting market linkage for promoting women entrepreneurs with disabilities.