‘Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities’

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The United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons is observed annually on 3 December. It provides an opportunity to focus on the gains to be made from including people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The 2007 Day took as its theme ‘Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities’. To mark the event the International Labour Organization (ILO), Disabled Peoples’ International and Irish Aid organized a regional photo competition on the same theme. Almost 250 entries were received from 19 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand/Aotearoa, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. The winning pictures were selected by a judging panel that included persons with disabilities, professional photographers, as well as representatives of workers, employers, governments and the ILO.

Net casting (above)
This fisher lost his right arm during the US-Vietnam War. Nevertheless he earns a living on Tri An Lake, supporting himself with minimal help from his family and friends.
First Prize: Nguyen Hung, Vung Tau, Vietnam

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A hard living (left)
This woman lost her right hand during the US-Vietnam War. She earns her living making ceramic pottery in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam.
Finalist: Hung Truong Dinh, Vietnam

Image of life (right)
This artist puts the final touches to her painting, which will be sold at a charity event. She received training at the Bangsai Skills Training Centre, Ayudhaya, where she continues to work.
Finalist: Titipong Sukpaiboonwat, Thailand

New Internationalist issue 410 magazine cover This article is from the April 2008 issue of New Internationalist.
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