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Our new celebrity ambassador Khadija Mwanamboka visits projects in Tanzania
Sense International (Tanzania) was delighted to be paid a visit by our newest celebrity ambassador, Khadija Mwanamboka, last week. Khadija came to find out a little more about our work in Tanzania, visiting the children at one of the seven new special education units Sense International have established since 2008.
One of the top trail-blazers and trendsetters in the Tanzanian fashion industry, Khadija continues to set pace in the African fashion arena locally, regionally and internationally.
Khadija is not only a fashion designer but enjoys giving back to her community. She is a founder and chair person of Tanzania Mitindo House, a not for profit social initiative to utilize fashion designing in the country for community-based charities geared at assisting HIV/AIDS orphans.
You can find out more about Khadija’s work on the Tanzania Mitindo House website.
16 January 2013
On 24 December 2012 in Peru, a new law was passed which aims to ensure the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society. Peru is therefore one of the first countries to have introduced legislation in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The most important provisions of the new law include:
- People with disabilities are entitled to support within their communities
- People with disabilities have the right to inclusive education
- 5 per cent of people working in the public sector and 3 per cent in the private sector should be people with a disability
- Any job vacancy left by a person with a disability should be covered by another person with a disability
- All public transport must be accessible to people with disabilities
- In congressional elections, political parties and electoral alliances have to include at least 10 per cent of persons with disabilities
- In developing their participatory budgets, regional and local government must prioritise projects and initiatives led by people with disabilities
The law also requires that the members of the board of National Council of People with Disabilities (CONADIS) include an advisory council of people with all different sorts of disabilities. Thanks to advocacy work by Sense International (Peru) this will include a representative of a deafblind organisation.
For the first time, deafblindness will have a voice in national public policy discussions on disability.
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