COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace
Realizing an inclusive workplace in Indonesia’s new normal
Many persons with disabilities come into the COVID-19 crisis already facing significant exclusion in all areas of the world of work. The new normal may have provide a greater opportunity to realize inclusive workplace.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, the government is focused on revitalize the economy and we encourage the soceity, including communities of people with disabilities, to focus on online entrepreneurship."Angkie Yudistia, Special Staff and Spokesperson on Social Issues for the President of Indonesia
Tendy emphasized the urgency for relevant stakeholders to make the best use of the new normal opportunity for the benefits of people with disabilities and to realize an inclusive workplace in the country. “The ability to work from home can greatly benefit people with disabilities as the majority of them find it difficult or costly to travel outside the home. Thus, if employers continue to allow work from home mechanism after the pandemic, it could potentially open the job market for people with disabilities who may have previously struggled to get employment,” he said.
If employers continue to allow work from home mechanism after the pandemic, it could potentially open the job market for people with disabilities who may have previously struggled to get employment."Tendy Gunawan, ILO Programme Officer
In terms of employing people with disabilities, Wulan admitted that entertainment industry has not yet opened its door for people with disabilities. Prejudices that people with disabilities have lack of working ability have built barriers for people with disabilities entering the industry. “The key is we have to develop a bridge between people with disabilities and non-disabilities. We need to break the barriers by providing more rooms for discussions, communications and knowledge sharing,” Wulan stated.
We need to break the barriers by providing more rooms for discussions, communications and knowledge sharing."Wulan Guritno, a celebrity and an entrepreneur
The brief highlights the way that the pre-existing inequalities facing people with disabilities also increases the threat to their lives and livelihoods posed by COVID-19. However, it also points out how the virus opens up a chance to change this. Post-pandemic, a ‘new normal’ can also be a “better normal” – in both developing and developed countries – if it only fully includes and respects the opinions, needs and rights of persons with disabilities.