April 15, 2016
American Ambassador David Hale encouraged community activists to continue their work in supporting and empowering women with disabilities during a conference yesterday in Islamabad organized by the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP).
“Our partnership with STEP focuses on raising awareness about resources for women with disabilities, providing training to increase these women’s participation in the workforce, and educating the general public about the rights of people with disabilities,” Ambassador Hale said.
Regarding disability rights, Ambassador Hale acknowledged “ensuring equal participation by women with disabilities is a work in progress everywhere, and it is a challenge we can and must tackle.” The conference, funded by the American Embassy, brought together activists from across Pakistan to discuss additional measures that can be taken to empower disabled women. The event featured panel discussions on sustainable development goals and the roles of gender and disability in development.