The statement was made by Indonesian Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah here on Wednesday night.
At the G20 campaign "Involving People with Disabilities for Inclusivity," Fauziyah explained that the Indonesian G20 Presidency remains committed to working to build an inclusive society and supporting people with disabilities to lead independent lives.
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"This campaign will support one of the main priorities of the G20 Ministers of Manpower (or Labor) Declaration in 2022, which is to encourage G20 members and other countries to formulate a joint commitment through a concrete, measurable, and actionable plan to bolster the participation of persons with disabilities in the world of working," she stated.
The minister noted that disabled people always experienced difficulties in finding a job and had a higher risk of losing their jobs and experienced greater challenges to return to work during the economic recovery period amid the pandemic.
The pandemic situation has also had an impact in widening the already-existing employment gap, especially among women with disabilities, Fauziyah highlighted.
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To this end, the minister believes it is time to view disability as something that should not be separated from the human rights issue.
"In the spirit of humanity and cooperation, we need to enhance efforts to promote national policies on (providing) decent jobs for people with disabilities," Fauziyah pointed out.
Some of those policies are the provision of accessible platforms for vocational and entrepreneurial training, skills certification, improving disability-friendly infrastructure in the workplace, and making social protection more reachable in the world of work.
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