President of DAPD, Irma Raymond-Joseph has called on the government of Dominica to enact legislation for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
She spoke at the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities Incorporated (DAPA Inc) 35th Annual General Meeting which was held on the grounds of the Association’s headquarters on Canal Lane, Goodwill on May 1st , 2019.
She said if UNCRPD is legislated, the DAPD will have a more powerful voice.
“In March 30th 2007, the UNCRPD was officially opened for signing to which Dominica signed on the very same day and we were elated. On October 1st 2012, we were again elated to hear that the government ratified the convention so we are hopeful that this year we can see the legislation and implementation of the UNCRPD,” she said.
Raymond-Joseph said although a number of construction projects are ongoing in Dominica, without legislation, there’s not much the DAPD can do.
“…Now we can only go on radio and speak; we can only stay among ourselves and speak but if there is the legislation then we have a powerful voice that we can shout and as it says it’s a national responsibility. Just like we say tourism is everybody’s business we can say disability is everybody’s business, “she stated.
She added “We thank the government of Dominica for assisting us in so many ways but the truth of the matter is how long Mr. Prime Minister? We are asking for equal rights and opportunity like everybody else to make us comfortable. We all have the rights to life.”
Raymond-Joseph said they no longer want to be liabilities but assets to their families, their communities and to Dominica and is asking everyone to be involved.
Meantime, Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Catherine Daniel said the DAPD has done a lot of hard work to get to where they are today.
“This is your 35th year of existence and you are now leaving the youthful days and you are now an adult in your organization. Many organizations don’t last that long and I think you deserve hearty congratulations,” she asid. “This means that you have done alt already; you have put plans in place. You have organized your structures; you have done what you’re suppose to do and now we are looking at the implementation phase so you have come very far.”
She further stated that the government is working on the legislation and implementation of the UNCRPD
“Before DAPD was under…my ministry it used to be social services and I must say here that we were working. There is an advisory committee which is in place and a lot of work has already been done in that respect,” Daniel noted. “Now, to enact laws one has to be very clinical because you do not want to rush any law which has an impact on people’s lives.”
She said the the Cabinet has taken all critical laws including DAPD’s and has formed a committee within cabinet to go through those laws and do the final touch to take it to parliament.”
At the function, the Maria Holder Memorial Trust donated an accessible vehicle to the association.
DAPD’S theme for this year’s Annual General Meeting was “Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A National Responsibility”.
Giraudel and Eggleston to take advantage of Community Tourism Enhancement Competition
12 hours ago
February 19, 2020
One of the participants in the Community Tourism Enhancement Competition (CTEC), Shirley Alexander, is planning to use the competition to transform the communities of Giraudel and Eggleston.
The competition was recently launched at the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Building.
She said her group will focus on the transformation of the Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show site.
“We have started and we will continue and we intend to use the competition to transform our communities even more, our people, our landscape, everything that we have to offer,” Alexander said.
She said the competition will also be used to bring back some past activities with some additions.
“We will focus a lot on our flower show site, 2.6 acres, so you should look forward to exciting activities there in March and April when the competition will be on,” she said.
Alexander believes that the competition is creating more opportunities for community groups.
“We aim to have a more enhanced environment and more sustainable lifestyles. Of course, we are noted for our abundance of flowers and our people so we will be focusing on those. Our talents, our skills, whatever we have to offer,” she said.
She also mentioned that the community had an improved National Employment Programme (NEP) which started in September 2019.
“We have been pressing forward with the NEP, the Ministry of Tourism and others,” Alexander stated.
Dominican confirmed as Antiguan commissioner of Police
13 hours ago
February 19, 2020
Dominica’s Atlee Patrick Rodney has been confirmed as Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.
Rodney is originally from the northern village of Savanne Paille which is located near Calibishie.
The announcement came Wednesday 19th February, during a Senior Administrative Meeting at Police Headquarters.
Commissioner Rodney met with members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, where he was served with his letter of appointment, effective November 25th 2019.
Rodney, who has 38 years’ service within the organization acted in the position for a little more than 22 months before his confirmation.
His opportunity arose after the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson.
Robinson, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was on suspension since April 15th, 2018, when the Police Service Commission in Antigua began an internal investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct by male colleagues under the commissioner’s care.
The investigation later led to charges being brought against him and Rodney has been acting in the Police commissioner role ever since.
The newly appointed commissioner used the opportunity to encourage the men and women under his command to remain committed and united in their efforts to make Antigua and Barbuda a safer nation.
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