Disability and rehabilitation

Mainstreaming disability rights across ministries in Palestine

On 18 February in the West Bank of the Palestine Occupied Territories, WHO, in partnership with the Diakonia and Norwegian Association of the Disabled (NAD), organized a one-day seminar on mainstreaming disability rights within the work of the Government.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad inaugurated the seminar stressing the importance of human rights and equity for every Palestinian citizen, including those with disabilities. Majida Masri, Minister of Social Affairs, introduced the National Strategic Framework for Disability of Palestine.

More than 50 high-level officials from various ministries participated. On behalf of WHO, Tony Laurance, the head of the WHO office, outlined WHO's commitment on disability and Chapal Khasnabis drew on examples of what works in mainstreaming disability.

Following this important awareness-raising event, the Ministry for Social Affairs will be responsible for updating the Palestinian Disability Law in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Other ministries will audit existing policies and programmes to see how the rights of people with disabilities can be better addressed.