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Title:Mainstreaming disability equality in the world of work at country and institutional level in Zambia
Author:Mandhu, FatimaISNI
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal (ISSN 1027-7862)
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:people with disabilities
social policy
Abstract:In 1989, Zambia ratified the ILO Convention No. 159 on Vocational Rehabiblitation and Employment, which calls for disabled persons to be integrated into society. The Convention's main purpose is to mandate member states to develop and implement a national policy on vocational rehabilitation and employment of disabled persons. Under the heading 'The Zambian Constitution and the protection of disabled persons from discrimination at work', the author discusses the relevant national legislation. Although Zambian law prohibits most forms of discrimination, there is no law prohibiting discrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities. In practice, disabled persons face societal discrimination in employment, education and access to health care. There are, however, policies and national programmes that aim to improve the opportunities for disabled persons seeking to acquire marketable skills, find a decent job or set up a viable business, as the author outlines under the heading 'Work training to promote employment for people with disabilities'. She suggests that the University of Zambia should develop policies to encourage employment of people with disabilities and recommends that people with disabilities be treated as 'special' with respect to accessing education, employment, health services and social welfare: a form of 'positive discrimination' should be promoted. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]