To express its solidarity with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2016, the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW organized a Roundtable on December 3, 2016 at the Institute’s Board Room. The discussion examined the legal rights of persons with disability and the initiatives taken by the Government of Bangladesh towards promoting a more inclusive society. Mr. Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri, Former Member, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from Bangladesh chaired the discussion and Mr. Md. Amiruzzaman, Secretary General of Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Republic of Seychelles in Bangladesh attended as Honorable Special Guest. In his speech Mr. Choudhuri stressed the importance of hard work and determination and encouraged the participants to focus on their strengths and the opportunities that come their way. Barrister Seema Iqbal, the first visually impaired Barrister in Bangladesh highlighted the legal rights of persons with disability in Bangladesh. Hon. Mr. Md. Amiruzzaman reflected on the employment initiatives taken by the country’s corporates. Ms. Nuvana Haque, a visually impaired musician and student of the Institute of Hazrat Mohmmad SAW stressed on the urgency to dispelling prejudice on disabled persons through awareness and information exchange. Barrister Reazul Karim, Director Legal Affairs of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW mentioned that the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW is dedicated towards empowering persons with disability through information technology - the training services, advocacy and legal support are the modalities of the Institute’s work. Barrister Rizwana Yusuf, Director Administration of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW discussed the various initiatives by the Government of Bangladesh in employment, education, transports that helps persons with disabilities to lead lives of independence and dignity. The roundtable was attended by visually impaired practitioners, human rights activists, autism consultant, childhood development specialist, IT specialist, journalist and visually impaired students of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW. Till date, over 350 visually impaired persons have received training from the Institute.
Venue:Board Room of Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW, Banani, Dhaka