Thursday, June 08, 2006

Memorandum Handed over to Deputy Prime Minister!

Today on June 7th 2006, NFDN handed over a memorandum of demands including signed banner to Right Honorable Deputy Prime Minister K.P. Oli in Kathmandu.
NFDN has collected more than 100 thousand signature from civil society, PWDs political parties, media and others in a

weeklong campaign to express harmony for the meaning full participation of PWDs in every state mechanism.

As you may aware, NFDN is strongly advocating for the active participation of Persons With Disabilities in the forthcoming constitutional Assembly in Nepal for ensuring the inclusion of PWDs in every state mechanism during the present National reformation process.
In the occasion today, the Right Honorable Mr. Oli expressed felicitation to the Nepalese PWDs for their active and foremost role during the agitation for restoring the full democracy in Nepal.
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Monday, May 15, 2006

Management of Self-Help Organizations in Disabilities

The following bookmarks/links are useful when I need:
Excellent information about Management of Self-Help Organizations in Disability.
How often:
Whenever I have a moment

Rating (Content and accessibility):
Excellent source both categories
Very accessible, relevant content

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I am in study visit

Friday, May 12, 2006

Some of my favourate sites

the following bookmarks/links are useful when I need to:

Communicate and/or interact with others by providing information of my own organisation

How often:
Only for a reason

Rating (Content and accessibility):
Excellent source both categories
Very accessible, average content

Personal comments:
When I need to recall the strategy planning of my organization and to present something to the others, I visit this site.

Monday, May 08, 2006

My personal Biography

General Biography:

It was 1993, when I lost both eyesight due to bilateral optic atrophy at the age of 26, I had already completed Masters Degree in statistics in Distinction. As there was no cure, I accepted the challenges of blindness as an opportunity to be involved in the Disability movement and committed myself for uplifting the lives of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Nepal.
Initially, I got trained on Braille, Mobility and orientation and came closer with the Blind community through Nepal Association of the Blind (NAB) where I got computer training with screen reading software. As a chairman of NAB Kathmandu branch, I ensured so many improvements within organization. At the same time, I got an opportunity to join advance level computer course in the International human Resource Center for Disabled (IHRDC), India, from where, I was nominated for participating the 11th World Conference of ‘International Council for the Education of Visually Impaired People’ (ICEVI) in the Netherlands in 2002. I could learn so many practices in the global context during the entire conference, which I tried to adopt in my country in different forums. I was nominated by the government for participating 8 weeks training on ‘Technical Aid for Visually Disabled People’ in Japan in early 2003. After getting back, I was involved in ‘Nepal Blind Support Association’ and worked for betterment of blind community as a consultant. At the same time, I got closer in the cross-disabilities network and involved in ‘National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal’ (NFD-N) and successfully accomplished the ‘Capacity Building Training/seminar for PWDs in Asia Pacific region’ convened in Kathmandu, Nepal in February 2004 as principal secretariat, where I came more closer with the Disabled Peoples’ International and many Disabled leaders of Asia-Pacific Region.
In 2004 April, I was nominated as President of NFDN, later in 2004 November, I got elected in same post during the General Assembly. Consequently, I joined 1st leadership training conducted by DPI-South Korea. I have been elected Regional Council Member of DPI Asia-Pacific region during 9th Regional Assembly convened in Thailand in April 2005. I had participated as a resource person In September 2005, when the Ministry of Special Education and social welfare of Pakistan and Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) jointly conducted the Capacity Building Training Seminar for Self-Help Organization (CBSHOD) in. Pakistan In January 2006, I presented the paper in the 2nd Asian Deaf-Blind Conference convened in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recently in March 2006, I had successfully participated in the regional workshop on Legal Advocacy for the Defense of Disabled People in Bangkok.
I have recently been selected for the Advance International Human Rights and Disability training going to be organized by The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Stockholm, Sweden from 8th May to 19th May, 2006. The participation in this training would built my capacity in Human Rights and poverty reduction strategy, that enables me to work more effectively for ensuring rights of PWDs and put effort for changing the society having their dignified lives.
Mr. Birendra Raj Pokharel
National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal
Tel: 4231159
Mobile: 9851043399

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Human Rights and Disability Asia 2006

During 2006 two Sida International Training Programmes on Human Rights and Disability will be organised by SHIA. The first one will target Asian participants from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. The course will be held at Almåsa conference centre between the 8th and 19th of May 2006. The closing date for applying is November 15th 2005.

The second course will target participants from the MENA region- Middle East and Northern Africa from the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen. The course will be held at Almåsa conference centre between the 4th and 15th of September 2006. The closing date for applying is March 15th 2006.

The programme aims at enhancing knowledge, develop methods and tools, and to provide a foundation for future networking and co-operation and will include:
  • An overview of the existing Human Rights instruments and discussions on how these can be used to improve life conditions for persons with disabilities.
  • An opportunity to exchange experiences and opinions concerning the drafting of the new UN “Convention on Disability” and the future role of the UN Standard Rules and the proposed additions.
  • An analysis of Poverty Reduction Strategies and other multilateral programmes and how disability aspects can be included. Methods and skills needed to influence these processes. Discussions around poverty and human rights from a disability perspective.
  • Exchange of experience of how persons with disabilities and their organisations can increase their participation in the development of policies.
  • Introduction to Swedish disability policy, legislation and social services, including study visits to relevant Swedish authorities, institutions and organisations.
Issues such as gender, children and hiv/aids in relation with persons with disabilities will be included within all topics.

The programme is targeting participants from regional or national DPOs, government agencies and NGOs working in the area of Human Rights and disability. Persons with disabilities have been especially encouraged to apply.

The programme organiser is SHIA - the Swedish Organisations’ of Disabled Persons International Aid Association.