The Australian Government and the International Labour Organisation promote greater access to employment and justice for people with disabilities

Organisations promoting the rights of people with disabilities demanded greater workforce inclusion and an improvement in basic rights this week in Jakarta.

Press release | 29 July 2011

JAKARTA (Joint Press Release): Organisations promoting the rights of people with disabilities demanded greater workforce inclusion and an improvement in basic rights this week in Jakarta.

According to recent reports funded by the Australian Government Aid program (AusAID) people with disabilities often have poor knowledge of their rights, and their ability and willingness to access the formal justice sector is low.

“In developing countries, many people with disabilities experience social exclusion and discrimination resulting in unemployment and high levels of poverty,” said AusAID Director Victoria Coakley.

“People with disabilities also have difficulties accessing legal aid and information at buildings like courtrooms,” said Ms. Coakley.

The urgent need to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was also encouraged at the “People with Disability: Access to Employment and Justice” conference jointly held by the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and AusAID. The conference was conducted by the ILO through its Education and Skills Training for Youth Employment in Indonesia (ILO-EAST), funded by the Government of Netherlands.

“It is hoped that future cooperation among relevant partners in Indonesia will improve resulting in people with disabilities having wider and better access to employment opportunities,” said Peter van Rooij, Director of ILO Jakarta.

“National action can be taken to improve vocational training, education and employment policies and programmes for those with a disability,” added Mr. Rooij.

At the conference, ILO’s disability projects, which have piloted a number of approaches to promote equal employment and opportunities for people with disabilities, were on display.

Together with government institutions, employers and workers organisations, the ILO encourages stronger partnerships to improve access to training and employment.

The AusAID reports are available at: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/country/indonesia/democracy-activities.cfm

For more information about the ILO’s activities:

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For further information please contact:

Ms Mia Salim, AusAID Indonesia, Tel.: +6221 25505490, Email

Ms Gita Lingga, ILO Jakarta Office, Tel.: +6221 391 3112 ext.115, Email