Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

An excerpt from “The Right to Work of Persons with Disabilities – Assistive Technologies in Serbia", by the author Marianne Schulze, a consultant in the field of human rights.

The lack of transparency of human rights of persons with disabilities is a result of, on one side, the fact that in human rights agreements disability is covered by the term ‘other circumstances’.

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The right to work

1. The right to work

The excerpt from “The Right to Work of Persons with Disabilities – Assistive Technologies in Serbia"[1],by the author Ivanka Jovanović, CEO at National Organisation of Persons with Disabilities of Serbia.

Persons with disabilities participate in working life in different parts of the world in different ways and in different proportion. Due to numerous barriers existing in society, a large number of persons with disabilities willing to work don’t have this opportunity.

For this reason, persons with disabilities fall within the poorest, the least educated and economically the most dependent layers of society and are often faced with various forms of discrimination and human rights violation worldwide. The International Labour Organisation estimates there are approximately 386 million economically active persons with disabilities between 15 and 64 years of age in the world. It is clear that economic growth can lead to an increase in employment and that legal regulations can incite employers to use skills and potentials of persons with disabilities within existing national conditions.

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