Under the title “We are all alike”, the NGO Tamkeen (literally Enablement) which focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities recently organised a workshop for police officers in Sohag, some 460km south of Cairo.
Representatives from all the police departments in Sohag took part in the workshop which was held at Sohag Police Training Centre.
The workshop started with acquainting the participants with the different types of disability and their causes, and went on to define the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was ratified by Egypt in 2008, as well as the articles of the newly passed Law for Persons with Disability.
Participants received practical training on how to handle persons with physical disability, especially the aged and those who use wheel chairs. They were trained on how to lift them and help them move around, taking into consideration that Egypt’s presidential elections will be held within weeks, and that persons with disability have voting rights.
“We are all alike” is the first initiative to give practical training to State representatives on how to handle people with disabilities. It is the fruit of the joint cooperation between Tamkeen and the Sohag Police, under the auspices of Major General Amr Abdel-Aal, chief of Sohag Security Authority.
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi had named 2018 “Year of Persons with Disabilities”. Last month, the President ratified the Law for Persons with Disability, Law 10 for 2018, after it was passed by the House of Representatives.
6 March 2018