Persons with disabilities still endure poverty, marginalisation in post-Revolution Tunisia (civil society)
15/01/2021 20:52, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- Persons with disabilities (PwD) still endure poverty and marginalisation a decade after the Revolution in spite of a legislative arsenal that guarantees their rights, President of the Tunisian Organisation for the Defense of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (French: OTDDPH) Yosri Mazati said.

A legislative package was instituted in post-Revolution Tunisia in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified in 2009, Mazati further told TAP. Yet, failure to implement laws, particularly the piece of legislation on hiring PwD in civil service, made it impossible for them to enjoy their privileges.

Persons with disabilities are entitled to participate in political life and stand as candidates in municipal elections, he added. 160 municipal councilors and three municipality presidents among people with disabilities were elected in 2018.

The number of disability card holders jumped to 276,000 in 2019 from 209,000 in 2010. The poverty rate soared among this group and allowances provided by the Social Affairs Ministry are "insufficient and do not meet their needs."

Mazati said PwD are facing numerous social welfare-related challenges in access to healthcare, education and employment opportunities.

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