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British High Commission hosts launch of a job portal for people with disabilities in Pakistan

Islamabad, December 11, 2012 (PPI-OT): The portal, launched on International Human Right Day, provides an accessible platform for employers and disabled people to connect and for disabled people to access employment.

The British High Commission and the British Council today hosted the launch of www.jobability.org: an online jobs portal for people with disabilities in Pakistan and wider South Asia.

The portal, launched on International Human Right Day, provides an accessible platform for employers and disabled people to connect and for disabled people to access employment.

‘Jobability’ has been developed by Leonard Cheshire Disability UK’ in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability and Development Programme (LCDDP), Accenture and other partners in South Asia.

LCDDP has been working since 2006 in Pakistan to promote the rights of persons with disabilities including promoting the rights to employment to ensure social inclusion. They work with 12 partners across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to improve livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities. They have supported more than 2300 persons with a range of disabilities to access gainful employment.

Speaking at the launch, The British High Commissioner to Pakistan said:

“The ‘Jobability’ portal is a very important step towards ensuring people with disability can be part of the mainstream workforce in this country and beyond. I am delighted that this portal is being launched today on International Human Rights Day.

“We also have responsibilities as employers. People with disability should not face discrimination but should be given every opportunity to compete on an equal opportunity basis for work. Employers have a duty to look at what changes or reasonable adaptations they can make to the workplace or the way the work is done, which will enhance accessibility.

“For this reason, the British High Commission and the British Council guarantees an interview to all persons with disability who meet the essential requirements for the post. The British Council have now made a new commitment to guarantee 20% of places on their national internship programme to people with disability. I would encourage all employers to follow suit. This will ensure our practices are in line with the UNCRPD to which Pakistan has both signed and ratified (in 2011).

“This year, the UK also had the honour of hosting the most accessible Paralympic Games in the history of Paralympic movement. We have used the Games to encourage more disabled people to participate in sports in their local communities.

Thousands of young people in Pakistan have been inspired to take part in sports and physical education in the past year following the launch of the British Council’s ‘International Inspirations’ programme in the country. Pakistan is the 17th country in the world to join this programme and has committed to reach over one million Pakistani children, including disabled children, in two years.

“We look forward to a day when disabled people play a full role at all levels of society in Pakistan and around the world – from government ministers, parliamentarians, officials, judiciary and media to industry, academia, media, and civil society.”

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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