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CBM film wins award at Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) conference



Opening title - 
End the cycle. of poverty and disability.
A community awareness initiative promoting human rights and empowerment of people with disabilities living in the world's poorest countries.
[People setting-up a set for filming in a village. The whole village is present. A young lady wheels herself into the picture using a wheelchair, she is smiling.] 

My name is Kazol Rekha and I am 23 years old.

In 2003, I had an accident. I fell off a chair and one of my vertebrae slipped and severed my spinal cord. Now I am paralysed.
[Young lady looks anguished as she discusses her paralysis. The film turns to illustrations to show her life story.]

Before the accident my life was good. I was living with my parents and going to school. 
[Illustration of a girl surrounded by her parents and two other men]

And then they both suddenly died. My brothers looked after me and arranged my marriage.
[Parents disappear from the picture, brothers remain. She is married to a man under a floral arch.]

However, after my accident, my husband left me and remarried. It was difficult and painful. I suffered a lot.
[She is alone in a wheelchair under the floral arch.] 

Previously, I was treated with affection by everyone in my family. But that all changed. I was neglected and I became a burden to everyone.
Life became much better for me once I was given my wheelchair. I used to be totally dependent on others but now I can get out and move around.
[Footage of Kazol getting around the village in a wheelchair.]

I received income generation training from a local development agency, in growing vegetables and rearing chickens and ducks then purchased a hand sewing machine and now draw an income by tailoring garments for people in my village.
[Kazol is mending clothe using a hand sewing machine. A client comes in and pays her for her services, then leaves again. Kazol is smiling.]

My house was modified to meet my basic needs, such as sanitation, making safe drinking water and my lavatory accessible. It was also raised to reduce the impact of the floods.
[Kazol goes up to a water pump, she starts using the pump. She then goes back down a accessible ramp in front of a house.]

When it comes to floods and other disasters, people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. There is generally wide-spread panic and in many cases, a person with a disability is forgotten and left behind. So now I am part of a disaster preparedness committee and we've made a list of all people with a disability in our area and we can take immediate steps to locate and evacuate them.
[Illustration of rain becoming a flood. Villagers escaping to higher grounds. A person in a wheelchair is left behind.]

I am also responsible for educating people about hygiene and general health when the waters hit, such as how to protect their food against insects and contamination. Previously I was afraid of the prospect of flooding, but now that we are prepared, I know what to do and I can face it.
[Illustration of the village, ticks appear identifying certain houses.]
[Footage of Kazol moving towards a group of villages and starts engaging them in a discussion. They are working on storing grains and flour.]

Now I am no longer a burden to my family and I am proud that I am a valuable and contributing member of my community.
[Kazol smiles to the camera. The camera and film crew start packing up the film set and leave.]

End credits -
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together we can do more

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End the cycle is an initiative of CBM Australia with support from the Australian Government.

Produced by Room3 for CBM Australia 
Copyright 2012

Kazol Rekha is a young woman living in a village in a flood-prone area of Bangladesh. She was paralysed after an accident severed her spinal cord. In this video she tells about her role on the Disaster Preparedness Committee, making sure people with disability are not forgotten when disaster strikes.

A video produced by CBM Australia and partners, focusing on a young woman who lives in a flood prone region of Bangladesh, has won a top award at the first 'UNISDR Asia Disaster Risk Reduction Film Festival' in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Best film ‘Human Interest’ category

Two men and a woman (who is a wheelchair user) on a stage having received an award ©CDD
Left to right: Matthew Hanning (CBM Country Representative in Indonesia), Kazol Rekha (subject of the winning video) and Nazmul Bari (Director at CBM partner organisation Centre for Disability in Development - CDD) with the award
The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was held from 22 to 25 October 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. During the conference, organisers held the first 'UNISDR Asia Disaster Risk Reduction Film Festival' with 47 films on DRR-related themes entered.

The CBM entry - developed as part of CBM Australia’s End the Cycle initiative - was nominated and received the award for the best film in the ‘Human Interest’ category.

This film is about Kazol Rekha, a young woman from Bangladesh, telling her own story and also talking about her role as a member of her village disaster preparedness committee.

Kazol herself was at the event in Yogyakarta, and shared her experience at technical conference sessions and a Q&A discussion with Matthew Hanning (CBM Country Representative in Indonesia) and Mr. Nazmul Bari, who is Director of CBM’s partner organisation Centre for Disability in Development (CDD).

Prize money given to CDD

Kazol Rekha at home working on her sewing machine
The award also came with a 10 million Indonesian Rupiah prize (about US$ 1,000), which will be donated to the Bangladeshi organisation 'Centre for Disability in Development' (CDD) from whom Kazol benefited as part of a CBM-supported programme. CDD plan to use this money to organise English courses for Kazol.

The importance of disability inclusion, and the Yogyakarta Declaration - Valérie Scherrer

Valérie Scherrer ©CBM
Valérie Scherrer
"This movie is a good chance to increase people’s awareness about the inclusive-disability issue in Disaster Risk Reduction. In fact, the disability issue became the one that stood out in the conference - how persons with disabilities, also children and women, are contributing to reduce the impact of disaster" Valérie Scherrer,
Senior Manager, CBM Emergency Response Unit.

In the closing ceremony, the Head of the Indonesia National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Maarif, delivered seven items on the Yogyakarta Declaration.

  • The first point mentions the importance of integration between disaster management and climate change adaptation. The progress is also expected to involve the vulnerable community such as women, children, the elderly and person with disabilities.
  • Second, the conference expressed the importance of the study on the financial risk from disasters. Adequate financial support to local communities needs to be pursued by identifying institutions as potential donors.
  • In the third point, it is stated that disaster risk reduction should involve local communities and strengthen governance. Local wisdom should be considered in disaster risk reduction.
  • The importance of building the resilience of local communities is on the fourth item. Construction of schools and hospitals which are disaster-resistant, economic and social capacity of disaster-resistant infrastructure also needed.
  • In the fifth point, countries were asked to identify the things that will be achieved after 2015 and include ways of measuring effectively. The capacity of government, public engagement and public knowledge about disaster need to be evaluated.
  • Item six states the need of reducing disaster risk factors. Meanwhile, the last items explained the importance of reviewing other issues in the HFA, such inclusive disaster reduction measures.
  • 5th AMCDRR in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, attended by 72 delegates from Asia-Pacific countries.  And this is the second to last meeting before the end of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) which initiated in the year of 2005 to 2015.

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CBM working with local partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included at all levels of disaster preparedness and response


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CBM working to reduce the impact of natural disasters with partner CDD in Bangladesh


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