Kosovo Law on Gender Equality translated into Braille

10 Apr 2013

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) continues support to people with disabilities or special needs. Law on Gender Equality has been translated into Braille alphabet for the blind and visually impaired people.

Association of person's with children paralyses "Handicap Kosova", one of the 10 beneficiary NGOs of the UNDP Advancing Gender Justice Project, organized, on 10 April, the last roundtable on "Law on gender equality and legal institutions" regarding the implementation of the law in accordance with particular needs of people with physical disabilities or special needs.

During the roundtable, UNDP Advancing Gender Justice Project team has distributed the Law on Gender Equality in Braille alphabet to the heads of Republican Committee of Blind Women of Kosovo, Ms. Bajramshahe Jetullahu, and to the Association of Blind and Visually Impairment of Kosova, Mr. Bujar Kadriu.

Roundtable discussions were held with representatives of other organizations of disabled people including the Down Syndrome Kosova, Kosovan Association of Deaf and Handikos. In addition, representatives from different institutions have joined to discuss means of ensuring the applicability of the law, including representatives from Commission on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Missing Persons and Petitions, Office for Good Governance, Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Gender Issues, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and Directorate for Education and Directorate of Health and Social Welfare of the Municipality of Prishtinë/Priština.

There was a very productive interaction and discussion between all participants on the main issues and problems concerning the law implementation for the persons with disabilities, the gaps in the same law, serious concerns raised on the non implementation of the law, and high discrimination of the same community when it comes to their social, health and employment and their reintegration in general. In this respect, findings, conclusions and recommendations were drawn on what needs to be done and what are the immediate actions needed to be undertaken in order to overcome the problems.