PWDs require greater participation in workforce on equal footing: panelists

By Our Correspondent
December 07, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) organized on Wednesday a National Disability Convention titled “Beyond Barriers: Persons with Disabilities at the Workplace” to address the evolving landscape of employment opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Pakistan. It highlighted the recognition of the potential and achievements of PWDs in various fields and facilitate their participation in the workforce on an equal footing with others.

A unique aspect of the convention was a “Job Fair” where Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) set up stalls to showcase how individuals with various disabilities are actively engaged in the workforce. This practical demonstration served as a testament to their potential in different roles and industries.

This representational image shows a person holding a placard. — Unsplash/File

Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, Executive Director CPDI, while welcoming the participants said, “The existing disability laws, mandate the inclusion of a certain percentage of PWDs in the workforce”. While talking about the aims of the convention he said, “it is important to raise awareness about the rights and opportunities available for PWDs in the workplace, explore the disability laws in Pakistan and their implications for organizations, showcase their potential in innovative fields and the impact of assistive technology, and promote inclusivity in the workforce and facilitate equal employment opportunities for PWDs”.

The first session on the right-to-work of PWDs and disability laws of Pakistan provided an in-depth analysis of the disability laws. “The laws mandate the inclusion of a specific percentage of PWDs in the workforce.