The Government remains committed to ensuring inclusiveness and equality as more than 100,000 Fijians live with some form of disability.
As the country marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta highlighted that out 884,887 people in Fiji, 13 per cent live with disabilities.
“The theme Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality focuses on empowering individuals with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ “- Dr. Koroivueta permanent secretary for Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.
The ministry is currently in the process of formulating an implementation plan for the National Council for People Living with Disabilities and will be going around the country for consultation sessions.
Milli Karoro who has low vision said despite of ones’ disability, they should not look down on themselves, come out of their comfort zones and not see disability as a hindrance on their life.
The event also had displays by the disabled students who are part of the grass root training programme. Small tools for joinery work was given out to Tailevu North Disability Provider Organization to help with the making of their crafts.
The event also marked the launch of the Right of Persons with Disabilities ACT booklet.