84% of working-age disabled Jordanians are unemployed — NGO

1. Disability unemployment
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AMMAN  — In Jordan, around 84 percent of persons with disabilities of working age are unemployed, reported a position paper issued by the Workers’ House, carried by Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The paper was issued on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which Jordan celebrated alongside other countries on Saturday.

Jordanians with disabilities account for 11.2 percent of the total population older than five years old. According to the paper, only 24 percent of working age (15 and over) are economically active, meaning they are employed or looking for work. 

The paper noted the challenges persons with disability face, namely the lack of responsiveness of public and private institutions to employment requirements of persons with disabilities, the lack of accessible and accommodating infrastructure, and the exclusion of persons with disabilities from work or training because of their disabilities.

For persons with disabilities in Jordan, employment and integration into the workforce, in both the private and public sectors, is considered a primary challenge, and attempts to realize such integration remain inadequate, the paper said.

While the Kingdom has placed legislative provisions guaranteeing and regulating the right to work for persons with disabilities, notably Article 6 of the Constitution, and it also ratified various key international conventions related to this right, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Labor Organization’s Convention No. 159 concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Persons with Disabilities, more efforts are required, the paper said.

It called for the enforcement of the provisions of the Jordanian Labor Law and the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, highlighting the obligation of public and private sector entities to employ persons with disabilities as required by law.

Article 25 of the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires governmental and non-governmental bodies employing no fewer than 25 and no more than 50 workers to hire at least one person with a disability among its staff, the paper specified. If the number of employees exceeds 50, the entity must allocate up to 4 percent of its vacancies to persons with disabilities, as determined by the Ministry of Labor.

The Workers’ House is a non-profit non-governmental organization in Jordan that seeks to improve working conditions in direct cooperation with workers, employers, the government, civil society organizations, and international organizations. 

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