International Women's Day 2017
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As International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8th, CBM’s Senior Advisor on Disability and Gender Equality, Mary Keogh interviews Jemimah Kutata from CBM partner the Association for the Physically Disabled in Kenya to hear about the key issues facing women with disabilities in accessing employment and livelihood opportunities.
Changing World of Work: Making it inclusive of women with disabilities
Mary: Tell me a little about the work you do with ADPK
Besides the general barriers which persons with disabilities face when trying to find employment, what additional challenges have you found in your work that women with disabilities face?
What about specific challenges in the workplace for women with disabilities?
Has Kenya made progress towards promoting the rights of women with disabilities to work?
So this year’s international women’s day celebration is for how can the world of work change to be more inclusive, from all of your experience, could you share some recommendations with us?
- Women with disabilities should be given priorities to lead departments in offices, so there is a need for more women with disabilities to be visible in managerial positions in the work place, there is a need for more opportunities so they can show their skills.
- Equal pay for women and men with disabilities. Often persons with disabilities can find themselves being paid less for doing similar work to other employees. Persons with disabilities should be paid equivalent to others.
- Accessibility needs to be improved, the majority of women with disabilities and men with disabilities face a number of challenges when it comes to accessibility, inaccessible meetings etc, this needs to change.
- Training for women with disabilities, there is a need for capacity building to help women with disabilities grow in the work place and to access promotion. For example, business skills trainings for women with disabilities who never had a chance to go to school.
- Lobby the micro finance institutions to offer disabled friendly services to enable women and men with disabilities access their micro-credit services.