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Promoting equal opportunities and outcomes in Employment for persons with disabilities


Promoting equal opportunities and outcomes in Employment for persons with disabilities

David Lamotte - Director, International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Pacific Island Countries

Despite major gains in recent years, people with disabilities still face discrimination and other barriers to full participation in social, economic, political and cultural life. Of an estimated 650 million people with disabilities, 470 million are of working age.
People with disabilities are likely to be unemployed or earn less than non-disabled people and be in jobs with poor promotional prospects and working conditions, especially if they are women. Many work in the unprotected, informal economy. Few have access to skills development and other opportunities that would enable them to earn a decent living.