The local working group for Banja Luka, which includes 7 organizations of persons with disabilities, organized the event “Our rights are your obligation” on the occasion of marking the upcoming International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 and Volunteer Day on December 10. The event is organized within the campaign “Disability does not determine me” of the EMPOWER project, funded by the European Union, the Central State Office for Croats Abroad and Catholic Relief Services.
Today, as part of the campaign, the first public forum of the planned two was held at the IN Hotel, which was attended by representatives of the local work group for Banja Luka, people with disabilities in the Banja Luka region, Empower project officials, media and local authorities in charge of resolving issues as well as issues of persons with disabilities. Selected areas debated today are expanded services – the necessary standard and personal assistance and customized transportation, and the exhibitors were Miroslav Mandic, president of the Banja Luka City Organization of the Blind and Rodoljub Janjic, president of the Banja Luka Association of Disabled Workers. After the presentation, the participants gave concrete proposals related to the issues discussed at the forum, and conclusions were adopted.
The local EMPOWER working group for Banja Luka plans to distribute leaflets in public places, sports events for people with disabilities, have media appearances, and get in personal contact with government officials throughout December to point out the problems of people with disabilities. to join in creating a more favorable environment for people with disabilities.
The City Board of the Association of the Disabled of the City of Banja Luka has been planning to organize such a campaign for a long time, so we are very pleased that Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina has joined with its partners and the EMPOWER project. at all levels in solving these problems “, said Rodoljub Janjić, one of the exhibitors on the topic from the public tribune and the president of the Association of Disabled Workers of the City of Banja Luka.
Through this campaign, we plan to acquaint society with the problems of persons with disabilities, but even after its completion to continue with persistent and patient dialogue to fight to resolve the issues raised in the campaign.
In our local community since 2005, we operate under the name of the City Board of the Association of the Disabled of Banja Luka and for ten years on the occasion of the Day of the Disabled we organize sports meetings for people with disabilities, where this year campaign activities.