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1st National Training of Women with Disabilities on Peer-Counseling Islamabad 5 – 6 March 2011


APNIL 1st National Training of Women with Disabilities on Peer-Counseling Background: Women with disabilities are disadvantaged in several key areas when compared with other women, men with disabilities, and the society as a whole. These women face a triple handicap and discrimination due to their disability, gender and developing world status. Keeping in the view that the range of abilities of persons within any disabilities group is enormous, we have a large number of women with disabilities in Pakistan who are taking part in the activities of daily life with courage.

Need for Peer-Counseling: The issue of disability is gaining more and more importance all over the world as well as in Pakistan due the disability movement for a “rights based society� since almost two decades. Government have framed various policies for PWDs with Disabled Persons Organizations, INGOs, NGOs and other disability stockholders which include reservation of jobs, concession facilities in travelling, special training institutions etc. The Government of Pakistan has made efforts to support the rights of Persons with Disabilities in the view of Biwako Millennium Framework (BMF) and National Policy on disability and now Pakistan has signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, despite these efforts, the sad fact is that most people with disabilities especially women with disabilities and their families remain completely un-served by government, NGOs and even in Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) persons with disabilities they often feel difficulty to live with dignity in their respective communities. Through peer-counseling, peer-counselors can support them to deal with such anxiety by sharing their own experiences and give them confidence that every person has capacity to live independently. Since peer-counselors are PWDs who have similar experiences and they are facing same challenges, it put real significance. It provides a role model, who can serve as a link between the person seeking help and the service provider could also draw on a wide range of unique experiences which cannot be observed by anyone else. General Information about PC Training: 2

Disability movement in Pakistan is accelerating and rights of Persons with Disabilities are getting recognition. A good number of Persons with Disabilities have attended trainings from Japan and Thailand, got employment in mainstream organizations, receiving higher education and playing leading

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APNIL role in the society. Establishment of Independent Living Centers in Pakistan is a landmark which is disseminating information relating to Independent Living. We have conducted PC training with Akiyama San from Human Care Association - Japan for women with disabilities, started first Peer-Support Group of WWDs in Pakistan. A unique characteristic of this training is that mentor of Independent Living Concepts in Pakistan will be Resource Persons. They are expected to proactively involve in lectures and workshops, and their self-reflection and their own experiences are considered to be valuable factors of PC training. Overall Goal Our project aimed to promote and introduce the concept of Peer-Counseling Training Objectives: § § § § §

Acquire and enhance knowledge and skills of a wide range of both national and international Be able to Empowering women with disabilities through peer-counseling Build leadership capacity and be able to empower other persons with disabilities in their organizations, societies and countries To consolidate and expand peer support groups. This will provide support and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families to live in community. To develop the capacity of both peer counselors and staff of Independent Living Centers and Disabled Persons Organizations to sensitize disability stakeholders about the positive aspects of full integration of women with disabilities in society.

Target Group: Women with disabilities from DPOs Number of Participants: 20 - 25 Language: Urdu Output / Achievements: § §

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Empowerment and women with disabilities will be well aware about the concept of PeerCounseling To develop the capacity of both peer counselors and staff of Independent Living Centers and Disabled Persons Organizations to sensitize disability stakeholders about the positive aspects of full integration of women with disabilities in society. To consolidate and expand peer support groups and the disability projects. This will provide support and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families

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APNIL Tentative Training Plan:

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Activity Disability Equality Training Concept and History of Independent Living Peer-Counseling (introduction/Roles/Strategy) Peer-Counseling Sessions (Activity) Developing Action Plan (Group Work)

*Will share the detailed plan with topics and durations

Confirmation Form Please send the completed confirmation form by 26 February 2011 to Ms. Farzana Kauser and Ms. Saima Aslam at nfwwd.pk@gmail.com This is to confirm that I will attend the 1st National Training of Women with Disabilities on PeerCounseling 5 – 6 March 2011, Islamabad. 1. Personal Details of the Participant Name: Date of Birth (optional) Date ____ / Month ____ / Year _______ Organisation: Position/Title: E-mail: Telephone: City: Postal Address: 4

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Disability:


APNIL 2. Experience: Please tick the box for relevant option

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Above five years

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At least two years

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At least six months

Please mention trainings you have attended

Experience of working with women with disabilities

3. Nomination: Nominated By:

Name: Organization: Designation: Contact Details: Cell:

Email:

4. Course Costs:

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Registration fee: Rs 500/- only (everyone selected will have to pay this fee) Organizers will bear the cost of one night stay in hotel and two days lunch, teas and breakfast for all selected participants Organizers will bear the cost of Rs. 2, 500/- per participant for resource person and certification We will provide you the exact contact details and logistical information on how to get to the hotel from the airport. Each participant will share a twin room, unless indicated All selected participants must pay their own travel costs Participants are encouraged to secure their own funding. Possible sources include: the organization you work for, the funders for your organization and related agencies

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APNIL The meeting will begin on the 5 March at 11: 00 and end on the 6 March 2011 at 5:00 pm. Please make arrangements to arrive no 5th Morning and leave 6th Evening.

7. Any other requests or suggestions: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

Please send completed form at the soonest (not later than 26 February 2011) to Ms. Farzana and Ms Saima Aslam at nfwwd.pk@gmail.com.

Thank you.

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Training of Peer-Counselling