Mogadishu, 8th October 2015—- The weekly scheduled Cabinet meeting held today was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Mohamed Omar Arteh. The Cabinet deliberated several important issues. Among it was the Policy which will render rights to the Disabled people and their recognition.
Top on the agenda was the discussion of the introduction of new Disability Policy. This was presented and illustrated by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mr. Abdiweli Ibrahim Mudey. He stressed the planning and preparation of this policy consumed a lengthy period, and involved consulting with experts and Disabled Organizations (DPOs)
“The intention and primary objective of this policy is to safeguard the rights of the Disabled people, and their care. This is a task in which the ministry has taken after a lot of pressure from Somali Disabled activists, and DPOs,
The Cabinet Meeting unanimously approved the implementation of the Disability Rights Policy. In light of this the Deputy Prime Minister stressed to the Ministry of Labor and Social to ensure the fulfillment of this policy and likewise to ensure that the Disabled receive their rights, and are not left behind because of their Disabled.
“We should render the same opportunity to those who are disabled in parallel with those who are not when it comes to recruiting workers both in the private and the public entities” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) has been advocating how the Somali Disabled people to get rights in terms of equal opportunity and inclusive for all, this is first step that Somali Government has taken this phenomenal tasks to ensure a Somali Disabled rights, One day ago before the cabinet approved this disability policy Mr. Mohamed Ali Farah Director General of Somali Disability Empowerment Network also Disable Activist met the Minster of labor and Social Affairs and discussed him how to approve this policy.
Somalia is one of the worst places in the world that people with disability can live in, and all Somali disabled people are welcomed and appreciated this important step.
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