Canadian HC hails STEP’s efforts: Call for enhanced participation of women with disabilities in general elections

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ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a roundtable discussion Wednesday called for taking collaborative actions for implementing a comprehensive gender strategy for enhanced participation of persons with disabilities, especially women in 2018 general election. The ‘Roundtable Discussion on Political Participation of Women with Disabilities,’ organised by Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and National Forum of Women with Disabilities, was attended by representatives from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), national and international development organisations, Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections and leading disabled people’s organisations (DPOs). The discussion primarily focused on enhancing political participation of women with disabilities was also addressed by Perry Calderwood, High Commissioner of Canada for Pakistan. “Canada believes that the full participation of…
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Roundtable to enhance political participation of WWDs

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Islamabad :To enhance political participation of women with disability (WWD), participants of a roundtable discussion stressed for concrete measures to ensure issuance of national identity cards to WDDs and voter’s registration besides making polling stations accessible for the disabled persons. The demand was highlighted at a roundtable discussion titled organised on Thursday titled ‘Making an Inclusive Pakistan Elections Regime: Roundtable Discussion on Political Participation of Women with Disabilities’ organised by Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and National Forum of Women with Disabilities (NFWWD). Speakers and participants of the round table called for developing and implementing a comprehensive gender strategy by the ECP aiming at enhanced participation of persons with disabilities especially women in 2018 general elections. The event…
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Women with disabilities must be included in electoral process

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ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a roundtable discussion on inclusivity of election and the democratic tradition have urged reaching out to more disabled women. The roundtable discussion was held on the political participation of women with disabilities in the capital on Wednesday. The discussion was organised by the Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and National Forum of Women with Disabilities. It was attended by key representatives from the Election Commission of Pakistan, national and international development organisations, Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections and leading disabled peoples organisations (DPOs). “Canada believes that the full participation of women in democratic processes is critical for a legitimate and inclusive government,” said Perry Calderwood, the high commissioner of Canada. “We…
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Roundtable calls for women’s active participation in democratic process

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ISLAMABAD: A roundtable Wednesday stressed women's active participation in the democratic system of Pakistan. The roundtable was organised by the Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada, Women's Parliamentary Caucus and National Forum of Women with Disabilities. Representatives from the Election Commission of Pakistan, national and international development organisations, Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services, Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections and other disabled people's organisations (DPOs) attended the discussion. The discussion primarily focused on enhancing political participation of women with Disabilities. Speaking on the occasion, Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood said, "Canada believes that the full participation of women in democratic processes is critical for a legitimate and inclusive government. We welcome the efforts of this forum to seek greater access for women with disabilities."…
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