Bhubaneswar, 15 November: Differently abled women participated at a workshop organized by the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Odisha and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to obtain inputs for the proposed Odisha State Policy for Girl Child and Women.
The state government and the UNFPA have been holding a series of consultations to elicit opinion on the proposed police from different sections of the society. Today&’s workshop was inaugurated here by Kasturi Mohapatra, the State Disability Commissioner for person with disabilities and attended by Ms. Anjali Agarwal, Samarthyam (Accessibility & inclusion), Delhi Ms. Arti Ahuja, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, W&CD Department, Dr Amrita Patel, Project Advisor of State Resource Centre for Women. Around 50 people, (70 % of them being differently abled young men and women) participated in the consultation and gave their inputs toward the formulation of Women&’s Policy. The women with disability require further consideration as their problems are always aggravated because of their disabilities.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has brought into focus  specific concerns of women with disabilities. It has adopted a twin track approach, where a dedicated provision has been provided for vulnerable group,  at the same time, their concerns have been addressed in other provisions of the Convention.     sns