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CMPHR CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS ON DISABILITY
 

2006

Dec 13th
2006

Convention is adopted by the UN for the Rights of People with Disabilities

 

2007

March 20th
2007

1st meeting attended by partner organisations at CMPHR in which it is agreed that they will work together on a joint campaign to get the Convention signed.

The organisations are: Al-Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA), Children’s Museum for Peace & Human Rights (CMPHR), Ida Rieu, Institute of Behavioural Psychology (IBP), JS Academy for the Deaf, Karachi Vocational Training Centre (KVTC), Show You Care (SYC) and Special Olympics Pakistan.

April 6th & 7th 2007

RO Conference: ‘Disability awareness’
Attended by 33 teachers and 98 students from 27 schools

CMPHR petition is initiated
in both English and Urdu to ask the Prime Minister to make Pakistan a signatory of the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities

Aug 25th 2007

Show You Care organise a seminar: ‘Pave the Path’, with architects, builders and high profile government officials from various institutions to highlight the need to have proper accessibility for all physically challenged people.

Sept 4th
2007

Right On Meeting: Disability & Special Needs.
Attended by 249 students and 26 teachers from 24 schools

Sept 12th
2007

Thematic Activism (Day 1) ‘Disability and Special Needs’.
Attended by 28 students and 19 teachers from 19 schools. Students are taken on a field trip to Al-Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA).

Oct 31st
2007

Thematic Activism: (Day 2). ‘Disability and Special Needs’.
Attended by 34 students and 17 teachers from 17 schools.
The children are taken on field trips to media offices to request the press to publicise the issue. They visit to Geo, Dawn, FM 89 and FM 107.

Press release: ‘School Children Campaign for the Rights of Disabled People’

Letter written to Petra Raymond, head of the Goethe Institut to request that the building establish facilities for people with disabilities as Farhat Rasheed was unable to be invited to an event. Response from Petra Raymond received with apology and an offer to mobilise helpers to carry a person with disability to the auditorium.

Nov 1st
2007

The News article: ‘Students Take Up Fights for Rights of Disabled Persons’

Nov 6th
2007

2nd meeting with partner organisations at CMPHR.

Nov 24th
2007

Press release: ‘International Day for Disabled People’

Dawn - Young World full page: ‘Let’s Celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons’

Nov 26th
2007

3rd meeting with partner organisations at CMPHR.

Dec 2nd
2007

The News article: ‘December 3 – A Day for Awareness’

Dec 3rd
2007

International Day for Disabled People is celebrated at the Special People’s Park in Clifton. Attended by Shahida Jamil, the Caretaker for Minister of Special Education. 40,000 signatures were handed over to her.

The News article: ‘International Day for Disabled Persons: Stand Up for the Champions’

Dec 4th
2007

The News article: ‘Petition Signed by 25,000 Children Given to Minister’

Dec 29th 2007

Dawn – Young World full page: ‘Celebration Galore’

 

2008

April
2008

FM 89, 91 & 107: Programmes held with children accompanied by Naheed Javed of CMPHR, requesting the public to sign the on-line petition.

April 4th
2008

FM107:  request for announcement of public service message

April 23rd
2008

 

Invitation to Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Mr. Nawabzada Khawaja Muhammad Khan Hoti, to receive petition from the children.

FM89 request for public service announcement

April 24th
2008

Geo channel: request sent to through Sharukh Hassan for a public service message

May 5th
2008

Dawn News: request of public service announcement to Abbas Nasir
Cybernet: request sent to for e-mailing to Cybernet clients (Shahid Ahmed)

May 9th
2008

Dawn article: ‘Disability is a Human Rights Issue’ & ‘Signature Drive’

May 16th
2008

DG for Special Education (Khalid Naeem) is contacted. He refers us to Minister Hoti for petition handover.

May 27th
2008

Handing over of 75,000 signatures to Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Mr. Nawabzada Khawaja Muhammad Khan Hoti (43 children attended the event). He is requested to pass the petition onto the Prime Minister.

May 30th
2008

Press release: ‘Handover of 75,000 Signatures to Minister Hoti’

June 6th
2008

The News - US magazine article: ‘School Children Teach Ethics to the Government’

Aug 14th 2008

Show You Care organise a talk show titled ‘Loose Talk’, to highlight the need to have proper accessibility for all physically challenged people.

Sept 25th
2008

Pakistan becomes a signatory to the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities

Sept 30th
2008

Press Release: ‘Children’s Activism for the Rights of People with Disabilities Pays Off!’

Oct 4th
2008

Dawn article: ‘School Children Make Govt Sign UN Convention’.

Oct 22nd 2008

Right On Meeting: Celebration on completing the first stage of the campaign and launching of the second stage - ratification.

Attended by 213 members and 19 teachers from 16 schools. Minister of Information Ms Shazia Marri attends to congratulate the children on the success of their signature drive. The members write thank you letters to the Prime Minster for signing the Convention, and request that he now ratify the Convention.

CMPHR petition is initiated in both English and Urdu to ask the Prime Minister to ratify the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities

Jan 27th 2009

Right On Meeting: Reminder of the push for the ratification of the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Attended by 381 students and 27 teachers from 24 schools. Children told they will receive certificates for collecting 50 signatures on the petition. Maximum signatures collected by a school so far is 10,000 – Brilliant Career School.

 

2009

 Feb 24th
 2009

 CMPHR’s Activism Project Day 1, “Disabled or Differently-abled?” Attended by 59  students and 14 teachers from 14 schools. Students taken on a field trip to Ida Rieu

 Mar 11th
 2009

 Repeat of CMPHR’s Activism Project Day 1, Attended by 36 students and 11 teachers  from 10 schools. These students are also taken to Ida Rieu on a field trip

 Apr 9th
 2009

 CMPHR’s Activism Project Day 2, “Disabled or Differently-Abled?” Attended by 80  students and 19 teachers from 20 schools. Students lobbied with media officials from  The News, FM107, Dawn.com and the Provincial Minister for Human Rights, Ms. Nadia  Gabol.

 Apr 14th
 2009

 Third Activism Project Day 1, “Disabled or Differently-Abled?” Attended by 48 students  and 12 teachers from 12 schools. Field trip to Institute of Behavioural Psychology.

 May 14th  2009

 CMPHR’s Right-On Meeting held in collaboration with NOWPDP. Disability petition  handed over to Mr. Amin Hashwani to pass on to the Government. Attended by 459  RO members from 24 schools.

 June 3rd
 2009

 CMPHR’s Activism Project Day 2, “Disabled or Differently-Abled?” Attended by 40  students and 11 teachers from 11 schools. Students were taken to Pakistan  Television (PTV) to lobby for public service messages for the rights of the disabled.

 June 2009

 Human Rights Commission of Pakistan joins the Disability Campaign as a  campaign partner

 10th June  2010

 Number of signatures collected on the ratification petition to date: 1,017,698

2010

 3rd December 2010

 To mark the International Day for People with Disability a cricket match was organized by CMPHR to be played between students of Ida Riue (school for blind and deaf) and Habib Public School. 450 students participated in this event.

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