ILO – Kampung Halaman Foundation to launch disability video in Yogyakarta: SAME - Spaces, Opportunities and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities

In conjunction with the commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with Kampung Halaman Foundation (YKH), will organize a series of campaign activities titled “SAME: Spaces, Opportunities and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities”. The production of these participatory videos have involved 19 participants with vision, hearing and physical disabilities. They have involved in the intensive workshops for one month in October.

Press release | Yogyakarta, Indonesia | 09 December 2013
YOGYAKARTA (Joint Press Release): In conjunction with the commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with Kampung Halaman Foundation (YKH), will organize a series of campaign activities titled “SAME: Spaces, Opportunities and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities”. This campaign will use a participatory video in the format of video diaries on access to employment and public facilities for persons with disabilities. The video diaries will be launched on Wednesday, 11 December 2013, at Empire XXI, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo, Yogyakarta.

The first of its kind, these videos are produced by persons with disabilities themselves featuring two important rights of persons with disabilities: rights to decent employment and public facilities. Using their own words and selection of scenes, these videos document daily lives, plights, journeys and hopes of persons with disabilities. These videos consist of two videos with a total duration of 30 minutes.
The Yogyakarta launch will be marked the third launch after the Jakarta launch on 5 December and Surabaya launch on 9 December. In Yogyakarta, the video viewing will be conducted in conjunction with the Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival which will be held from 9 – 14 December 2013. These launch activities also involve participants who produced these videos. 


“The ILO trusts that these participatory videos will provide further awareness of disability and a sense of priority in the public, in particular among decision-makers. The ILO believes that such awareness will fight stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities as well as the protection of their rights to decent employment and public facilities to realize the full and equal participation of disabled persons in all spheres of society,” stated Michiko Miyamoto, the ILO’s Deputy Director in Indonesia, commenting the launch of these participatory videos.

The production of these participatory videos have involved 19 participants with vision, hearing and physical disabilities. They have involved in the intensive workshops for one month in October. During the workshops, the participants independently in identifying their own experiences, difficulties, hopes and voices using a so-called video diary method.

“A video diary method is a method that can help participants recognizing their life experiences so that they can freely respond to them and turn these experiences into personal or group advocacy tools. We wish these videos will help removing all types of barriers faced by persons with disabilities, ranging from attitudinal, physical, social, economic and cultural, and will help the public at large to listen and understand voices and perspectives of persons with disabilities regarding their works and lives,” said Dian Herdiany, Chair of YKH.

The workshops began with efforts to identify problems and challenges that could be developed into stories. Together with the mentors, various methods to identify problems were used, such as role plays, group discussions and visual as well as non-visual research. From the identification of problems, the workshops continued with story development, introduction to audio visual recording equipments and production process (shooting and script writing). The workshops also involved family members, workplaces and surrounding communities to voice the concerns of persons with disabilities. “During the workshops, the participants have proved some stigma against them wrong. Participants with visual impairment, for example, demonstrated their talents in using video camera. Although they could not see, they have a strong sense of composition through sounds,” added Dian.

Although the workshops and video diary development process were conducted intensively within a month, the participants always demonstrated high spirit and enthusiasm. “The uniquness of these videos is that people with different disabilities should work together. It is really a life-changing experience and I wish that these video diaries could enhance awareness of the public at large, particularly decision makers, about disability,” exclaimed Yudhi Hermawan, the participant with visual impairment. Meanwhile, Laura Wijaya, the participant with hearing impairment, highlighted the important recognition of sign language. “Through these videos, I wish that the soceity have a better understanding about the importance of sign language for persons with hearing impairment.”

In addition to video diaries, voices and aspiration of the participants are also documented in a ‘behind the scene’. The launch of video diaries will be followed by an interactive discussion, presenting representatives of Manpower Officer of Yogyakarta, urban planning expert and companies to give voices to persons with disabilities and to enhance the awareness of the public and mass media regarding this issue.

The Yogyakarta launch will be marked the third launch after the Jakarta launch on 5 December and Surabaya launch on 9 December. In Yogyakarta, the video viewing will be conducted in conjunction with the Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival which will be held from 9 – 14 December 2013. These launch activities also involve participants who produced these videos.

These videos are developed by the ILO through the supports of the Better Work Indonesia (BWI), a unique partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in Indonesia’s apparel industry; the ILO’s Promoting Rights and Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Employment through Legislation (PROPEL-Indonesia) which is aimed to address gaps in policy and legislative protection on employment and training of persons with disabilities to ensure they are consistent with international standards; and the UN partnership to Promote Rights of People with Disabilities in Indonesia (UNPRPD) aims to adopt advance policies on rights of people with disabilities promoted through stronger disability institution and improved disability data collection.

For further information please contact:
Yohanis Pakereng
ILO’s Disability Project Coordinator
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 126
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Gita Lingga
ILO’s Communications Officer
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 115
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