“Live and Work”

Photo exhibition to celebrate Vietnamese Day for People with Disabilities

News | 17 April 2014

© Nguyen A
DONG NAI (ILO News) – A photo exhibition shedding light on the life and work of people with disabilities opens today in the southern province of Dong Nai as part of the celebration of the Vietnamese Day for People with Disabilities on 18 April.

A set of 25 moving stories of workers with disabilities in Dong Nai was told by renowned photographer Nguyen A.

They were always dreaming of having their need and ability to work recognized by the community and enterprises. Finally their endless efforts have paid off, helping them gain a stable job and well integrate in the society.

The event aims at encouraging enterprises to recruit workers with disabilities and enhancing the public awareness to reduce the gap between people with and without disabilities.

“There is no reason why people with disabilities are excluded from labour markets. They can work and have the right to work,” ILO Country Director Gyorgy Sziraczki said.

“Given that almost 8 per cent of Vietnamese people and 15 per cent of the world's population have at least one disability, setting them aside results in a big economic loss. Viet Nam loses 3 per cent of GDP and other countries 3-7 per cent every year by doing so."

The event is organized by Dong Nai Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Handicap International with supports from the joint ILO-UNDP-UNICEF project on disabilities and Irish Aids among other sponsors.

The photos will be displayed at Amata and Bien Hoa 2 industrial zones until 9 May.