Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) play a vital role in advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. To enhance their effectiveness, a comprehensive training program has been designed to empower DPOs with the necessary skills in advocacy, leadership, and community engagement. The training program for Disabled People Organizations aims to build advocacy skills, equip DPO members with effective advocacy techniques to articulate the needs and rights of people with disabilities, promoting inclusivity in various spheres of life. Enhancing Leadership Capacities, Develop leadership skills among DPO members, empowering them to take on key roles within their organizations and act as catalysts for positive change. Promoting Community Engagement, provide tools and strategies for DPOs to actively engage with local communities, fostering understanding and support for the inclusion of people with disabilities. Legal and Policy Awareness increases awareness of relevant disability rights legislation and policies, enabling DPOs to advocate for and enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities. Training Components include Advocacy Techniques which referes training sessions on effective communication, public speaking, and strategic messaging to help DPOs convey their messages compellingly. Leadership Development referes the workshops on leadership principles, conflict resolution, and decision-making to empower DPO members to lead with confidence and effectiveness. Community Outreach and Education referes to practical training on organizing community events, awareness campaigns, and educational programs to promote understanding and acceptance.Legal and Policy Workshops referes to sessions focused on educating DPO members about relevant laws and policies affecting people with disabilities, enabling them to advocate for change and compliance. This practice of training NDF conducts through GlobalGiving initiociatives.
Political Participation of PWDs in Local Government
By Abid Lashari | Project Associate
NDF organiises the training workshops for the ca[acity building and experience sharing of organizations of persons with disabilities. NDF organized number of workshops to ensure political participation of Persons with Disabilities in Local Government is in Sindh. During the the workshops the speakers said that allocation of special seats for the disabled by the local government is a commendable act. The Councilors with disabilities in local departments are performing their duties. On this occasion, the awareness campaign during the said project for the political participation of the disabled was highly appreciated. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act is a comprehensive law that provides complete information and guidance on the rights of persons with disabilities in every sphere of life. Such as the provision of a disability-friendly environment, providing information about the duties and responsibilities of the councilor in the local department, clarifying the powers of the councilor with disabilities according to the share of the budget. According to the law, having a positive attitude towards the councilor with disabilities, ensuring the accessibility of the disabled should be a practical demonstration of political participation, so that the disabled can practically join the decision-making process in the society and serve the people at the local level. On this occasion, it was also conveyed that after the local governments, efforts will be made for special seats for the disabled in the provincial and national assembly and the senate so that the disabled can join the national stream as part of decision-making at the national level. This practices leads the strength of disabled people organizations.
NDF under the project of GlobalGiving "Donate for Disabled People Organizations Training - #54185)" develops the capacity of office bearers of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) for the protection of disability rights. NDF has trained 09 more organizations (OPDs) i report writing, basic finance management & others. It is unfortunate that the organizations working for the rights of people with disabilities lack adequate capacity and resources to help their target groups. Scores of organizations across the country especially in Sindh are registered but due to their incapacity to face the routine challenges, they are weak in decision making, exploring, identifying, utilizing and mobilizing local resources. The targeted organizations have no know-how about disability charters, laws local & International UNCRPD, SDGs Sindh disability Act etc. Through this proposed project one training workshop will be conducted only for main office bearers (President, General Secretary & Treasurer) of OPDs of Sindh to improve their learning on implementation & monitoring process of UNCRPD & Sindh Disability Act, the proposed trained group will be sustainability of project, after end of the project, the trained disability activists and leaders will remain engaged in monitoring & implementation of UNCRPD & Sindh Disability Act in Sindh. NDF will continue its spirit with your encouraged donations because training leads to Development.
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