in Partnership with: DRPI
Partner: Disability Right Promotion International (DRPI), York University, Canada
Project Coordinator: Sagar Prasai
According to World Health Organization projections (2011), there are 208 million people with disabilities living in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, the vast majority of whom live in conditions of poverty and isolation. This profound poverty can be explained in part because women and men with disabilities experience significantly lower employment rates than women and men without disabilities. Promoting the employment of people with disabilities increases the economic well-being of their households and communities, as well as the performance of labour markets.
AWARE uses a multi-pronged strategy to improve labour-market participation of people with disabilities:
- 1. Documenting best practices and systemic labour market, socio-cultural and sector-specific barriers, so as to better understand the economic opportunities of working age women and men with various types of disabilities.
- 2. Improving the effectiveness of labour markets by impacting the decision-making of small and medium enterprises in the hiring and promotion of people with disabilities.
- 3. Providing labour market skills for women and men with disabilities to maximize their capacity to make economic contributions.