In celebration of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) during the month of December 2016, the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) will tomorrow convene its annual PwD’s Sector Parliament. GPL convenes sector parliaments annually targetting various stakeholder categories, as one of the public participation initiatives in response to section 118 of the Constitution.
Noting that the majority of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa have been excluded from the mainstream society and struggle to access fundamental social, political and economic rights; the focus for this year’s sector parliament will be on highlighting the role of government and civil society in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that this sector plays an active role in the legislative and decision making processes of the GPL. The Sector Parliament will afford a platform to this sector of society to engage their elected public representatives on:
- The removal of unfair barriers to access and participation.
- Improving the economic lives of persons with disabilities
- The implementation of the New White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Education and disabilityThe 2016 Sector Parliament for People with Disabilities is scheduled to take place as follows: Date: 7th December 2016Time: 10h00 amVenue: Kokosi, Molatlhegi Community Hall, Fochville
Persons with Disabilities from all walks of Gauteng will be granted the opportunity to celebrate gains, debate their life challenges and develop resolutions to influence the decision making processes of government.
All sector parliaments hosted by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature are open to the public and members of the media.