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Addressing inequality Disability in the Pacific Island countries


Addressing inequality Disability in the Pacific Island countries

by Helen Tavola, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Pacific Office
October, 2012
Abstract: While persons with disability living in Pacific Island Countries share the difficulties and challenges with their counterparts world-wide, there are particular issues that make this region different. This paper outlines these differences as well as the situation of children and women with disabilities; education and training; employment; and poverty. The critical role of governments and recent progress is considered as well as the vital role of Disabled Persons’ Organisations. Finally, the paper looks at how disability has been addressed at the level of the Pacific islands region and how support is provided through the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability.