Today (10th December 2018) is Human Rights day
This year’s theme is “Stand Up For Human Rights”
Human Rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as in the absence of Human Dignity we cannot drive Sustainable Development.
Human Rights = Progress on all SDGs
SDGs = Advancements on Human Rights
This day is to make every people aware about the rights & opportunities every people should get for their better life and welfare.
It gives people the knowledge about the every type of rights & how to get it by proper ways when there is a problem of getting those rights.
Kenya has a youth unemployment rate of 40% according to the World Bank report of October 2018. Young graduates are unable to find jobs. It is equally hard and more frustrating to get a job for youths who have disabilities. Agency for Disability and Development in Africa (ADDA) together with her partner, Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK) attempts to bridge this gap of unemployment of YWDs in a program called EmployAble. In this program, ADDA and CDSK have partnered with several training service providers that equip the youths with market-driven skills to increase their employability potential; the institutions facilitates the training. In this era of globalization, there is increased demand for skilled and multi-skilled persons for the industry.
It is in this noble regard that ADDA has partnered with Generations Kenya, who is currently implementing the Sewing Machine Operator (SMO) Program in Athiriver Export Processing Zone. - Generation Kenya targets high-growth employment sectors with skilled labor shortage, including consumer packaged products, financial services sales, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality. It operates in partnership with National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) to ensure their trainees are certified on completion of their courses.
Every year December 3rd, the World Disability which is also termed as the International Day for Persons with Disabilities Day is observed.
It was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly and it aims at promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all facets of the society, increasing awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for 2018 is Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
This theme is part of agenda 2030 which pledges to “leave no one behind” for sustainable development.
It focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.
She is 26 years old with physical disability.
Through ADDA’s EmployAble program, she was placed at Alive & Kicking for on-job training in leather work and later employed at the company.
Due to her exemplary performance, she was promoted to the sorting desk where she sorts out the quality of the leather pentagons and hexagons before actual ball stitching is done.
She is encouraging other YWDs not to give up, maintain focus and be open to opportunities.
She is 26 years with physical disability and lives in Kayole.
She got to know about ADDA from one of her close friends.
She was assessed by the ADDA project officers, who established her interest in leather work, from which she was placed at Alive and Kicking in 2016.
Through the EmployAble program, she has now gained skills that she is using to depend on herself.
After the training, the company gave her a permanent job at the center, a move that she’s dearly thankful about.
This has seen her improve greatly on her livelihood.
Subsequently, she has managed to save part of her income and she is now advancing her education.
She is a second-year student at Nazarene University taking a degree programme in Special needs Education.
Joyce is a very hard working young lady; however, she has not been immune to challenges.