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Advocacy street theatre about disability in Ramallah

On the 3rd of December 2012, The International Day for People with Disabilities, Diakonia and several partner organizations in Palestine gathered in Ramallah to advocate for the right of disabled people to work. The advocacy was conducted through street theatre, drama and song.

Culture as tool for advocacy

The idea of the street theatre came as a result of advocacy and communication trainings organized by Diakonia and conducted for the Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) in the West Bank. The disabled people decided not to demonstrate in the streets. Instead, they used culture as a tool to highlight their issues and advocate for their rights. They used songs, puppet shows, silent drama and photos of popular and successful disabled personalities to advocate for the right to livelihood for persons with disabilities. Apart from the manifestation that Diakonia helped organize in Ramallah, there were also similar advocacy initiatives held in Jenin, Tulkarem, Bethlehem and Jericho.

On the International Day for the Rights of People with disabilities, advocacy street thatre was performed in Ramallah. Pictured is a silent drama focusing on the exclusion of people with disabilities from the employment in the public sector.

Disability work law must be implemented

One of the main aims of the advocacy initiative was to highlight the issue of work for disabled citizens. According to Article 4 of the disability law from 1999, at least 5 per cent of any work force employed in any organization, private or public sector, should not be less than 5 per cent. The implementation of this law has not however been prioritized by the government. Still, organizations working with the rights of persons with disabilities asks: When will due right to work for people with disabilities become a reality?