The Positive Lives

The life of an individual person with identity “A Girl-child with disability” and “A Woman with disability” in society begins with negative images to the other persons in society. This attributed image compels struggling in almost all phases if life-span of a woman with disability. Are these adversities and challenges ends the paths of these lives? Obviously not, moreover the challenges of their lives make them as “Positive Lives” in our society.

Let’s discuss from the first moment of birth to know the negativity of the world: identification of children with disability at social context has been accepted over last two decades at mass level. Unlike adequate facilities in developed countries, the developing countries have limited institutional capacity to care the children from the very early detection age of children with disabilities. It impacts a deep level to the family members of the child with disabilitiy. In most of the families the parents of a child with disability get separated by official divorce or unofficially left wife by husband or a father ignors jis responsibilities after becoming a father of a child with disability. The facts are found regardless the rich, middle or poor class of the society and in developed, developing and under-developed countries. In these families the mothers are playing the primary role for childrearing as well as managing expenses for maintaining the family. Childhood of a child with disability becomes different from the very early stages at both inside and outside the family. There is hardly disability friendly toys, plays and games in developing countries. For this reason, a child with disability becomes deprivation from the early childhood. Later the time of school admission of a child with disability is the first step of institutional challenge. Although almost all countries have initiated inclusive education policy but the facilities for inclusion is not ensured properly. The cost of education of a girl child with disability in developing countries are more than the cost of the education of girl child without disability or a boy child in developing countries. A few number of girls with disabilities overcome the adversities and can accomplish their education. The majority number are dropped out or out of education opportunities. As a result the number of higher education completed women with disabilities is still less than men with disabilities and women without disabilities. In developing countries, the challenges of the education and skills development of women with disabilities of rural remote villages including coastal, hill etc. areas are double or triple times more than education of girls without disabilities of those communities because of inadequate educational services, inaccessible vehicles, inaccessible infrusture, poverty and lack of consciousness about the need of education of girl child with disabilities etc. The individual integrity and education of women with disabilities helps to achieve the education and other skills by overcoming all challenges.

Economic empowerment of women with disabilities is affected at distinctively for both educated and non educated group of women with disabilities. For example, on recent couple of years many institutions have created job opportunity for candidate with disabilities. Hardly there are women with disabilities who compete for those jobs. Therefore, the institutions recruit women with disabilities for indecent positions to fulfill the disability quota or criterion in staffing. On the other hand, the human resource management in most of the organizations have limited policies in favor of equal opportunities in work place for women employees with disabilities. In many cases women with disabilities employees are considered to be individual living women but not considered as the central contributor of their families. On this ground the employers pay low scale salary or honorarium to woman with disabilitiy employees. Further more, the appraisal hardly recommend promotion for woman with disabilities. Women with disabilities perform professional responsibilities with patience and positivity to win the negativity at employment sector. Another important experience of women with disabilities at work place are found in almost all work places that women with disabilities are behaved like child, or indecent personality not as a decent woman. Most of the colleagues have lack of orientation about how to respect a female colleague with disability properly at work place. The women with disabilities who are deprived from educational opportunities and belong from extreme poor group, they earn their livelihood by informal jobs. But the payment of their hard physical labour is not paid equally even of the service is equal with others.

Other part of social life like enjoyment and amusement of women with disabilities are still remaining too poor level. The social and cultural institutions have almost no content considering disability and gender sensitive productions. On the contrary, the individual families are hardly caring about mental health of women with disabilities and helping them out of monotonous and over loaded family responsibilities. In addition, at times families shows impropriety towards women with disabilities inspire of their profound major contribution to the families. The reason of this injustice is from families maybe because of frustration about the future of the member women with disabilities. The number of women with disabilities of unmarried or single because of divorce or left by the husband more than married happy women with disabilities. It plays a significant role among parents and siblings to loose confidence about the potentialities of the female member with disability so the parental family misjudgment about her contribution. Thus women with disabilities are remaining at high risk of having mental health problems because of social isolation including discrimination at equal dignity at work place and limited value of their roles in society.

Now, we have known all about the adversities towards a girl child to a woman with disabilities in this world. In spite all the negative factors of life, women with disabilities are achieving desired education, professional identity and social as well as cultural skills globally at their own community and available resources. How these tiny number of women are overcoming all the challenges in their life? Are they being provided any extra facilities than other siblings, or as students, or as employees? The answer is: Women with disabilities overcome all these challenges with their individual patience, courage, merit and respect towards life to be happy whatever resources they have. Thus surrounding factors cannot stop to go on their perseverance for skill development to become a competitive persons in this challenging life and world. So, the perception about women with disabilities should never be with a negative phrasing anymore rather they should be awarded with the title of “The Symbol of Efficiency” in universal platform. They are “The Positive Lives” in this global village who overcome all institutional obstacles of society.

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