Pakistan

This page features the news on disability from Pakistan in the Debrief Library. See also news from other countries.

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Assistive Technology

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‘Without a wheelchair my life would be useless’: Zahida Quereshi, whose organization provides thousands of custom wheelchairs. (Oct, the Guardian)

Culture, Entertainment and Media

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Profile of Alishba, an activist and artist. (Oct, World Down Syndrome Day)

Disaster Risk Reduction and Crisis Response

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In response to the floods: Rapid Needs Assessment of Older People. “87% of older people in flood-affected areas of Pakistan have a health condition, but only 51% have access to health care, while government and UN assessment reports are largely ignoring their needs and rights.” (Oct, HelpAge)

The hidden victims of Pakistan’s floods: the elderly. (Oct, Aljazeera)

Women, disabled, and poor more vulnerable during natural disasters. (Aug, South Asia News)

Economics and Social Protection

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Social Protection

Employment, Business and Work

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The Human Rights Ministry wants disability quota filled “The ministry for human rights on Saturday wrote official letters to 29 government departments to implement two percent disability employment quota.” (May, Dawn)

Gender Equality and Women with Disabilities

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The stigma against women with disabilities: Women with disabilities suffer from discrimination and are less likely to get married. Why? (Aug, T-Magazine)

Humanitarian, Migrants and Refugees

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Afghan refugee removes obstacles barring kids with disabilities from school The Afgahn Refugee Disabled Union provides wheelchairs to help kids get to school. (Feb, UNHCHR)

Policy and Rights

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Pakistani people with disabilities “It has taken a long time for Pakistan to pass legislation to contend with some of the challenges faced by PWDs” (Jul, Tribune)

Socio-Economic inclusion of PWDs Towards an Inclusive, Accessible & Sustainable Pakistan (Dec, Pakistan Today)

Politics and Elections

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