ILO Convention No. 159 on the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons), 1983, the ILO Code of Practice on Managing Disability in the Workplace (2001), along with other international, regional and national initiatives, provide a framework for action to break down barriers to inclusion and to promote equal treatment and opportunity for disabled persons.
The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which entered into force in May 2008, provides fresh impetus to ILO¿s disability mandate to promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in training and employment. Photo: ILO/ J. Maillard. Photo:ILO/Maillard J.
In Tanzania, the Zanzibar Association of Disabled Persons (UWZ), with support provided by the ILO-Irish Partnership Programme, played a central role in shaping policy and legislation on disability, including the Persons with Disabilities (Rights and Privileges) Act 2006.
This NGO promotes the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities through advocacy and awareness-raising, provides training, and leadership skills development. Mwantatu, above, operates a hair and henna skin decorating salon. She has been a member of UWZ for several years. Photo: ILO/R. Kapur. Photo:ILO/Kapur R.