Job Fair 2018 for Persons with Disabilities

Job Fair 2018 for persons with disabilities Organized by Livelihood Centre for Disability and Development Program Pakistan in collaboration with Australian High Commission Islamabad Date March 29, 2018 Venue Hotel Margala Islamabad Livelihood Center for Disability and Development Program (LCDDP) Pakistan is one of the leading rights-based cross-disability focused organizations and is known for its remarkable work o

n Economic Empowerment – the key for social inclusion of people with disabilities. LCDDP envisions a society in which people with disabilities can enjoy equal rights and have equal opportunities to fulfill their potential. LCDDP introduced and established first Livelihood Resource Center (LRC) in Islamabad in 2009 and later on LRC Sialkot in October 2012 with the support of Gold Star Surgical Private Limited. The Direct Aid Program (DAP) by Australian High Commission is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads

of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships while at the same time advancing Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives. In his remarks Mr. Imran Nazir Executive Director LCDDP said that there are more than 1 billion people around the world are living with some form of disability; this number constitutes 15% of the world’s total populatio

n. Whereas, eighty percent (80%) of these people (with disabilities) live in developing countries and face a greater risk of livi

ng in poverty and exclusion. Worldwide, more than 46% people aged 60 years and over live with visible or invisible disabilities. More than 250 million older people experience moderate to severe disability. (WHO Report) As per census of Pakistan 2017, the total population of Pakistan is approximately 207 million (Bureau of Statistics). Unfortunately, the data about the prevalence of Disability was not collected, but according to the reports of the UN and WHO, the prevalence of disability is about 10%. Hence there are approximately; About 20 million people with disabilities in Pakistan About 10 million women with disabilities 60% of 20 million is youngsters and youth – below the age of 29 years 90% of the PWDs have NO Access to Income and Livelihood Opportunities Esti

mated 95% of PWDs have NO Access to Banking and Financial services to livelihood issues of persons with disabili

ties He added that LCDDP in collaboration with Australian High Commission Islamabad has organized “JOB FAIR 2018” under the theme of “Promoting Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities” to facilitate a lar

ge number of skilled and qualified persons with disabilities through initial assessment and interview by leading

employers

 

including; Kohinoor Industries, British Council, HDF, Engro Fertilizers, Telenor, Muslim Aid, Winning Solution, ASK Development, Dollar Store, Hotel Margala, Access Retail, Bedari, SPO, PPAF, Access consumatrics Four Corners Group, Jugnu Wasim Studio and Australian Scholarship Awards, etc. set their stalls to screen and short list provide Internship, on job training, Job Opportunities and scholarship awards etc. “JOB FAIR 2018” will be helpful in opening new doors and avenues of opportunities to Persons with disabilities in leading employer organizations on equal opportunity basis. Mr. Asif Comboh (MD) Kohinoor Industries appreciated the efforts of PWDs in getting themselves in skills and trades to get inducted in Jobs in various departments of Kohnoor Industries. He also shared that Kohinoor Industries now offering internship courses for persons with disabilities and successfully candidates will be offered Job in the industry on non-discrimination basis. In his vote of thanks Mr. Sher Karim Program Officer LCDDP thank all the employer organization and their representatives from HR Team for active participation in the Job Fair. He also thanks the guest, PWD candidates, the Donor, Volunteers and networking partners to make this event a success The session is closed with the distribution of shields to the employer organizations and certificates to Volunteers.

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