ISLAMABAD: According to global estimates of World Health Organization (WHO) reviewed on December 2015, about 15 per cent of the world population suffers from disability of one form or the other.
These facts were shared in a leadership conference on Women With Disabilities organized here on Thursday.
The participants of the conference said there was no country in the world where rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were not violated and the level of awareness about the lives of such persons and the challenges they face was also very low.
The moot was organized by National Forum of Women With Disabilities (NFWWD) in collaboration with US embassy.
Chief Executive Officer NFWWD, Abia Akram, said qualitative evidence WHO World Report on Disability 2011, mentioned that persons with disabilities are significantly poor in developing countries as compared to their non-disabled counterparts.
Unfortunately a dilemma is women with disability face double discrimination as being women firstly and secondly due to disability, she further pointed out adding, they denied education, jobs, entertainment, sports, health and even basic facilities of life.
This resulted in turning the human resource became a burden for families and also countries rather than being useful citizens of the society.
Chairperson, Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) Atif Sheikh, said Pakistan had ratified United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons With Disabilities (UNCRPD) in July 2011, and its implementation was responsibility of state as well as development organizations including disabled peoples organizations (DPOs).
He said UNCRPD was both a human rights treaty and a development tool, provided an opportunity to strengthen developmental policies related to the implementation of internationally agreed development goals.
The conference was attended by diplomats, representatives of International organizations and people from civil society.