NGO News Report :: Germany strongly supports, promotes and celebrates the International Day of People Living with Disabilities, which has been observed worldwide since 1992 as per the UN General Assembly proclamation. Around the world, over one billion people living with disabilities are facing physical, social and economic barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. A majority of these people live in developing countries, often in poverty, with insufficient access to basic resources, and are denied of minimum human dignity.
This year’s theme “break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all” clearly resonates with the German development work in Bangladesh. One example of Germany’s commitment is the immediate, but at the same time sustainable response to the recent accidents in the RMG sector. The German Development Cooperation is now supporting RMG workers suffering from temporary and permanent injuries and disabilities. Under the “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” (PSES) project, a joint initiative of the Governments of Bangladesh and Germany, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany is helping selected RMG factories in making the workplace accessible for workers with disabilities. In addition, victims of accidents in RMG factories as well as family members of victims who lost bread-earners, and unskilled women with disabilities from poverty-stricken families will also be supported as part of the project.