During the last general election campaign, India’s Young Voices met with the country’s Election Commission to highlight the need for making the voting process fully accessible. Their campaign was covered on television to reach as many people as possible.
While the Indian government plans to amend the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995, Young Voices in Delhi submitted a memorandum to the prime minister’s office demanding that a new law be enacted instead. This law would be in harmony with the UNCRPD.
Indian law reserves 3% of public sector jobs for people with disabilities. Although many disabled people took the civil service exams in Jharkhand this year, not one was offered a job. Young Voices then petitioned the state high court, which ordered the list to be revised and four people with disabilities got jobs.
Young Voices campaigners from Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka to hold the first ever Young Voices regional meeting alongside the Regional Conference on Disability in Commonwealth Asia. Country groups shared their experiences and spoke in the main conference plenary.