Local NGO members attend programme on gender equality for women

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

REPRESENTATIVES from two local NGOs recently returned from Vietnam after completing a training programme on advancing gender equality for women and girls with disabilities.

Fifteen participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam took part in the programme which was held in Hanoi from May 18 to 20.

The training – which was organised by Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women (ARROW) and the ASEAN Disability Forum – focused on building understanding on gender identity, sexuality and reproductive rights in relation to women and girls with disabilities.

“We have now a greater understanding on how we can help advance gender equality, especially for women and girls with disabilities, specifically in the areas of accessibility, freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse,” said Zubaidah Dato Abu Zar, committee head for children at the Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM).

She added that steps must be taken to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities in matters relating to marriage, family, parenthood and relationships.

Zubaidah said access to affordable healthcare and medical insurance is also a key concern for persons with disabilities across ASEAN.

Also representing Brunei at the event was Jarinah Hj Awg Rungging, a member from the Blind Association of Brunei Darussalam.

As part of the training, the participants designed advocacy strategies that can be implemented at the national and regional level.

There was also discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities, such as the right to life, privacy, marriage, reproductive health and protection.

The Brunei Times