Disabled woman’s empowerment necessary to end social discrimination: Kanwal Shauzab

ISLAMABAD, Dec 13 (APP):Parliamentary Sectary for Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms Kanwal Shauzab Thursday said there is a need for empowerment of women with disabilities to overcome social persecution as they face discrimination within the family and society.
Talking to APP, Kanwal Shauzab said that it is a social stigma that women with disabilities face discrimination or harassment within the family circle or society and they were denied of even basic facilities of health, education, employment and many other opportunities.
She opined that it was a universal issue and there was need for formulation and implementation of new laws to create awareness to change the mindset of the people so that instead of living in isolation they could be able to raise their voices with confidence and courage.
She said there should be special education institutions for disabled persons to ensure them facilities.
“There should be initiatives for their economic empowerment including accessible opportunities to bring them to the mainstream of the society’s’ fabric,” she underscored.
She further commented that there was also need for providing facilities to people with disabilities at public buildings, hospitals, public transport and other important and professional spaces as they face hardships out of their homes.
She also appreciated the steps taken by the Ministry of Human Right and said as the bill for people with disabilities have been approved and many international conventions have been signed for people with disabilities which would empower them.