Decent work is the ILO's primary goal for everyone, including persons with disabilities. The ILO has worked for over 50 years to promote skills development and employment opportunities for people with disabilities based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment, mainstreaming into vocational rehabilitation. Amongst others, since 2001, the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme has worked in selected countries of South East Asia and East and Southern Africa to promote decent work and a better life for people with disabilities through enabling legal and policy environments, and by providing entrepreneurship development training and access to related services, with a particular emphasis on women with disabilities.
The programme has also promoted the inclusion of persons with disabilities alongside non-disabled people in programmes and services relating to employment promotion and economic and social development. In the current phase of the global Partnership Programme (2012-13), Promoting Rights and Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Employment through Legislation (PROPEL – Indonesia) will support the Government of Indonesia and other key stakeholders to address barriers to equal employment opportunities, and promote disability inclusion. Also, other projects in the office, mainly Better Work Indonesia, promote disability inclusion.
Disability issues still do not get enough attention in Indonesia; however, after the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in November 2011, some more attention has been given to promoting rights of people with disabilities by the government, international organisations and DPOs.
ILO Jakarta in collaboration with Yayasan Kampung Halaman produced a video diary under the titled: SAMA – Ruang, Peluang dan Perlakuan bagi Penyandang Disabilitas. The SAMA video consists of two short videos on rights of persons with disabilities to employment and public facilities titled: “Job (Un)fair” and “Where is Our Access?” These video diaries were produced by the selected people with disabilities themselves after the series of trainings by Yayasan Kampung Halaman.
SAMA workshop involved 19 participants with vision, hearing and physical disabilities. The participants were required to create a participatory video campaign. In SAMA, 22 participants were invited to research their issues, writing, shooting, up to editing which were facilitated by mentors and facilitators from a variety of backgrounds ranging from researchers, community facilitators to film workers.
As a means for advocacy and for raising awareness, the SAMA videos are aimed to portray the lives of people with disabilities and their rights to employment and public facilities, problems and challenges that they are faced in terms of accessibility and access to information for decent work.
In conjunction with the commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities which is observed each year on 3 December, the ILO in collaboration with Yayasan Kampung Halaman and Cineplex XXI, the biggest cinema chain in Indonesia, are going to conduct a series of launches as the following:
- Jakarta – Empicentrum XXI on Thursday, 5 December 2013.
- Surabaya – Tunjungan XXI on Monday, 9 December 2013.
- Yogyakarta – Empire XXI on Wednesday, 11 December 2013.
- Semarang – Paragon XXI on Wednesday, 18 December 2013.
ObjectivesThe main objectives of the launching of the video diary are:
- to enhance awareness of the public at large, including the ILO’s constituents and mass media, in addressing the non-discrimination issues and barriers to equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities
- to encourage better understanding of issues facing people with disabilities, and mobilize support for their quest for dignity, rights and full inclusion in society.
Expected outputsWith the launching of the video, it is expected that:
- Public at large, including the constituents and mass media, will have enhanced awareness about disability issues especially at the workplace;
- Public at large, including the constituents and mass media, will have understanding about the barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing the decent employment and public facilities; and
- Public at large, including the constituents and mass media, will have consensus as well as commitment to address issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities in employment.